Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine - OPTIONAL

Erskine, Kathryn  The Absolute Value of Mike, 247  p. Philomel Books, 2011. $16.99

Content: G

Mike's math professor father is going to Romania for 6 weeks, so Mike must spend the summer with Poppy and Moo, his octogenarian aunt and uncle.  The whole town of Do Over (Donover, the N is missing) is working together to help adopt a Romanian orphan named Misha, and Mike is supposed to help Poppy make his contribution to the cause.  The problem is, Poppy won't get out of his chair or talk to anybody.  Mike isn't ready to give up, not on Misha, Moo, Poppy, Gladys or himself, so he takes over the fund raising himself.   This is his chance to prove to his father that he is not a disappointment.  

The mix of needy people in this town, as well as the complete lack of caring from Mike's father made this promising book a bit of a disappointment to me.   

MS, HS - OPTIONAL.  Lisa, Reading Teacher

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