There’s a whole subculture in YA blogging that blog on Mondays about the book they read that week. I usually post on Tuesdays but for this once, I wanted to join in the fun for MMGM, or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday. For Shannon’s blog, she not only posts the review on the latest YA book she read but will often have a give away. That’s how I got Milo, Sticky Notes & Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg. I won it through her blog. And it was every bit as good as she said.
Back jacket blurb
My name is Milo Cruikshank. Being a kid is supposed to be the best time ever, but what about when you’ve already lived in 5 different houses, you have to start 7th grade in a brand-new school, and you’re in love with the prettiest girl you ever sneezed on? The good news is I have my best friend, Marshall, who is weird in a good way, and Hillary, who is just plain weird. My dad thinks everything is going to be okay—but I don’t think that’s possible. How can it be when my mom isn’t around to fill the house with noise anymore?” winner of the *2011 SCBIWI Sid Fleischman Award for Humor* *New York Public Library 100 2010 Books for Reading and Sharing* * 2010 Cybil Awards Finalist*
Why I loved it:
From the back blurb you can see the voice is very much an 11 to 12-year-old boy starting seventh grade. Milo, the main character, is very self-deprecating and uses all kinds of tricks to get over his self-consciousness. Something everyone can identify with. The book is funny and sad at the same time which makes for roller coaster reading and keeps the pages turning.
As I read the book, Milo changed from someone who is depressed by his mom’s death to someone who has adjusted and is one cool dude. He finds all kinds of things to be happy about, especially his new friends Marshall and Hillary. Alan Silberberg has cartoons sprinkled around the chapters. Some of the cartoons are pure illustration and some continue the story line. At any rate they are a real plus for this mg reader.
I wish this book had been written a long time ago – when the father of my boys (and my husband) died. And that I would have known about it. We could have read this book together. Then I would have been better able to help my boys say good-bye to their father. I think it’s a healing book for any kid that’s experienced a loss, especially for a kid that’s lost a parent.
For those of you having had a loss or know of someone else who has, think about reading this book or giving your loved one a copy. It will be a blessing for them.
Would you read it? Do you think you will get it?
The Give Away
And now, Yes, I’m changing the subject. Now for the surprise! To continue the fun and because I loved it so much, I want to share it through a give away of my own. If you’d like to win a copy of Milo, Brain Freeze & Sticky Notes be sure to follow my blog and leave a comment. You have until 12 midnight Friday, November 18, because then I’ll pick the winner. And instead of posting the winner that following Saturday (because my husband is having surgery) I will post it Tuesday November 21. So be sure and read my blog that day.