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Witty, Flamboyant, Gritty, Innocent, Wondrous
on April 1, 2010
This book, takes us through Eric's youth -- first as a young child, then as a boy growing up into a young man in high school. The book begins with a maelstrom, a shag rug, and a hen-pecked dad, and ends in a whispered declaration of love.
In between the pages is a young boy, Eric -- coming to terms with family drama, "creating miracles" with the help of "Bewitched" and a ratty bedspread turned into a robe, and trying to deal with the fact that he is different and...constantly bullied at school. Intervention comes in the form of a newly found friend, Stacey, who despite being born without arms is a champion for Eric, a fiesty fighter with a surprising right hook.
Eric's interesting and often very funny observations include his sister's rise from precocious tween to "don't rat on me" teen, his aunt's habit of driving a car on the edge of the sppedometer, rationality, and possibly also the tires, a camping trip (and also at another time, a sleep over) gone terribly askew, and his grandmother's flamboyant visit -- hilarious observations -- but on the other hand, Eric's childhood is suddenly face-to-face with a reality he did not expect, and one which no bedspread/robe could fix -- the heart-breaking aftermath of a serious bus crash.
Eric deals with his budding homosexuality, his mother's obsessive compulsive neatnick lifestyle, his much-admired dad's desire to make a man out of him (the BB gun incident....!), interspersing these episodes with trips to the basement to conjure up a better life with the magic bespread/robe. Eventually a trombone takes the place of his beloved robe, with unforseen consequences.
Throughly enjoyable, thought-provoking and personable, "Where's My Wand" holds the reader's attention through-out the whole narrative.