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The Absolute Value of Mike Hardcover – June 9, 2011
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About the Author
Kathryn Erskine spent many years as a lawyer before realizing that she’d rather write things that people might actually enjoy reading. She grew up mostly overseas and attended eight different schools, her favorite being the Hogwarts-type castle in Scotland. The faculty, of course, did not consist of wizards, although . . . how did the headmistress know that it was “the wee redhead” who led the campaign to free the mice from the biology lab? Erskine draws on her childhood—and her second childhood through her children—for her stories. She still loves to travel but nowadays most trips tend to be local, such as basketball and tennis courts, occasional emergency room visits, and the natural food store for very healthy organic chocolate with “life saving” flavonoids.
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He took this book in the car with him to read while going to and from his baseball games and he finished up this week. When I asked him if he liked it, he said, "I hope it's going to be a series!" That's high praise coming from him, as he has always been attracted to series. (The Chronicles of Prydain and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are two of his favorites.)
Now that he's finished the book, I've started it. I'll post some thoughts when I'm done. I just wanted to put this 5-star review up now so Ms. Erskine can enjoy it!
P.S. I agree with my son! I enjoyed this book, a story of a young teen whose distracted, socially inept math-genius father sends him to live with his quirky, down-home great-aunt and uncle for the summer. Sure, all the characters you meet are eccentric -- Gladys, Moo, Poppy -- more so than you'd find in real life, and Mike has uncanny abilities beyond his years, but Ms. Erskine has imbued all her characters with heart and humor. You root for Mike all the way. And, yes, I would like to meet him in another book one day!