My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Available at: Amazon.com
File Size: 194 KB
Print Length: 48 pages
Publisher: The Empire Press (January 8, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
X-Ray: Not Enabled
Ding, ding, ding...We have a winnner!
There's something wonderful about finding joy and hope and happiness and wonder in a book that also shows you sadness and struggle and despair. I think it's all about the balance and tipping the scale in favor of the real, true emotion that you want to convey. Geoffrey Knight left me feeling very pleased and satisfied and happily knowing that it was all going to be okay.
This was just perfect for a short Saturday morning read. It gave an "uptick" to my day.
THE CHARACTERSTHE BLURB: Eleven-year-old Charlie thinks he is invincible. He is convinced he has a clock for a heart, which makes it impossible for him to die or feel the sort of heartache his mother always feels every time she and Charlie must flee another abusive loser who doesn’t deserve a woman like Charlie’s mum.
So yet again Charlie and his mum find themselves at Aunty June’s in Brighton on the south coast of England. But while Charlie’s mum seeks refuge, Charlie himself lets his curiosity get the better of him in his latest attempt to prove his own immortality.
That’s when he meets him.
The boy who saves Charlie’s life.
The boy from Brighton.
Charlie: He's eleven and toys with life and death thinking he's invincible. Charlie, is completely odd, with an outlook on life that feels genuine and yet entirely unique.
Joe: He is the boy from Brighton. Older by six years. Wiser by even more. He saves Charlies life.
I climbed through the railing, but if I wanted another minute to think about what I was doing, it was already too late.
Spend a day with Charlie and Joe. Find out what they learn about life, while trying to run away from it.
Geoffrey Knight creates wonder from shadows. You'll find this story to have depth, with moments that soar and it's open ending still feels complete.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this sweet, coming of age story for it's uplifting effect.
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