Block, F. L. My Miserable Life, illustrated by Edward Hemingway. 183 pgs. McMillan (Henry Holt) $13.99. Language: PG (3 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
10-year-old Ben thinks he has a miserable life. His mom is very strict about what he eats (sugar only on weekends, nothing fun in his lunch) and won’t even let him ride his bike alone. He had a best friend, until a new boy moved in, the girl he has liked since kindergarten likes the new boy, and his dog is often crazy. He is having a very hard 5th grade year.
This funny read is mixed with pathos which may be either overlooked or taken to heart by young readers. He is in “perceived” real danger from the bully at school, his mother tells him why he can’t ride alone, and he really doesn’t seem to have any genuine friends. A little bit dark for a younger reader.
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