- File Size: 291 KB
- Print Length: 187 pages
- Publisher: Solstice Publishing (July 17, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 17, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008MP9FN8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,915,922 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Andrew lives in the Australian town of Momentary Point, a place chock full of history and old buildings. He's almost 13; he's confused and lost and lonely. In the very recent past, he's lost practically everything: his dad, a history buff, just died; he and his mom had to leave their nice big house and move into a tiny apartment above some very noisy landlords; his mom had to get a job; he and his best friend Jack aren't speaking; and he can no longer paint. He just doesn't feel like it. And to Andrew, painting is the most wonderful thing in the world.
To make matters worse, a trio of bullies, who he calls the Thickwit Twits, try to make Andrew's life miserable. He and Jack used to be able to outsmart them, but now, Andrew is all alone.
But then one day ... he meets 'Mad' Max, an eccentric artist, who saves him from a Twit attack. Max gives Andrew a job in his stall where he sells his art in the town's weekend market. Over the course of the story, the two become friends, and Andrew learns why Max only paints one specific 19th century cottage. The two loners help each other, and begin to heal from past hurts. The rest? You'll just have to read it!
The author has a wonderful way with words. Her description of Andrew's fear and pain is so lovely and simple: "He sounded like a starving kitten. The thought of losing his father swelled within him, threatening to implode, leaving him with billions of acrid drops searing his insides."
Although this is marketed as YA, I think younger kids will enjoy it. I would not hesitate to give a copy to my 10-year-old goddaughter. Adults will also enjoy the book - it is, indeed, magic.
HIGHLY HIGHLY recommended.
And for full disclosure: I served as this book's editor. But it's the first book I've edited that I've felt compelled to review ~ because it really is wonderful.
Actually, that sounds awfully serious - and this story has many light-hearted moments that will thoroughly entertain young readers (love the scene where Andrew finally has something to hold over the heads of the "Chief Bully"! - and what about that car-washing scene?)
But I can't give away too much. Just take it from me: kids will keep turning pages to find out the "why" and the "how". Why does Max keep painting the same house? Why does Andrew hold such a grudge against Jack? How does Andrew deal with his nemesis, that triad of bullies? How does he cope with his tragic loss?
A great story. I'll be looking for more books by Ann Harth.
Ann Harth has written a clever and compelling story that readers of all ages will find worthwhile.
I thoroughly recommend it.