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Sebastian's Poet

4.51  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Sebastian Nelson is a boy in search of a family. Abandoned by his mother, Sebastian is left with a broken father who doesn't even seem present when he does show up. Forced to be the main caregiver of his younger brother, Renee, and lost in a sea of indifference, Sebastian only wants to experience the love a real, stable family could afford him.

One morning he discovers the
Published July 6th 2012 by Musa Publishing (first published July 5th 2012)
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Feb 25, 2013 Shawna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Why don't more people know about this author? About this book? Because they should. It's a hidden gem.

The story is told through the eyes of Sebastian, a boy who has never been able to embrace his childhood. Abandoned at a young age by his mother, Sebastian is left to care for his younger brother Renee and a depressed father. The situation is far from ideal for two young boys...the house a constant stream of bodies enjoying loud music, drugs and alcohol late into the night. Then one morning while
Lori Twining
Oct 06, 2012 Lori Twining rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kevin-craig
Loved this book! It is a great read.

"Don't try and judge people only by what you see for yourself. You have to get the whole picture, see the person through other people who know him." ~ Kevin Craig

What a wonderful message this is... most people don't realize that people have multiple stories within them, until it is too late. This story makes you think about your own life and the people who surround you as family and friends... what they think they know and what they really don't know (because
Margaret Lesh
Sep 11, 2012 Margaret Lesh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
After reading the first paragraph of Sebastian’s Poet, I knew this was a book I was going to not only enjoy but experience and savor. I was drawn to Sebastian, the young boy who’s been abandoned by his mother and left with a broken, unable to function, emotionally unavailable father. A surrogate dad to his handful of a little brother, Sebastian keeps house and makes breakfasts, running off to the corner market for supplies, dealing with the disapproval of the shopkeeper, noticing everything abou ...more
Cynthia Hill
Sep 22, 2012 Cynthia Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the type of book that makes me feel inadequate as a writer. Seriously. I was drawn in immediately. The characters, and all of the secrets that they held, fascinated me, and I wanted to know more. The two boys, Sebastian (or “Sebby” as he’s called) and his little brother, Renee, brought out the mother in me: it absolutely killed me to hear of the neglect that they were living in. I loved that Teal came in and gave them a sense of stability, but even Teal’s love couldn’t hold their fractur ...more
Annabelle Blume
May 06, 2013 Annabelle Blume rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is incredibly well written and completely original. I recommended it to a friend who immediately bought it and loved it, too. Kevin Craig's writing is superb, his characters are fully fleshed out into living beings, and he employs amazing attention to detail through out the entire novel.

Sebastian's Poet is a wonderful contemporary work that deserves much more notoriety than it has received. More people need to know about this author. Please, please, trust me when I say that you will
Nov 04, 2012 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story sent me back in time! The corner store, the shag carpet, the old cottage and land marks that put me right there but besides the familiar it was Sebastian's heartbreaking voice that kept me riveted. This story kept me glued to the very end!
Aug 06, 2012 Hollyberry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I have never read a book before that brought back a memory from my childhood so vividly before, but that is exactly what happened while reading Sebastian's Poet, it was not a good or bad memory, just something that I thought I had forgotten.

My heart broke for Sebastian in so many places in this book that I lost count. He is a very special little boy who had to grow up way to early like so many other kids, and it is not fair. Thankfully Sebastian had Teal that came in to his life and tried to pr
G. Cribbs
Aug 11, 2012 G. Cribbs rated it really liked it
You might experience flashbacks or nostalgia along the way through this quick read of a story, as I certainly experienced throughout Craig's second novel. The story and the characters draw you into the afterparty, the clean-up and the questions that reveal further questions and missing puzzle pieces.

Craig adeptly maneuvers the reader through the story that is one part a happy trip down memory lane interwoven with a heartbreaking tale of a family fractured, broken, and quite possibly beyond repai
Al Stevens
Mar 08, 2013 Al Stevens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The opening of this story recalled the times I had come awake on a couch after a gig or a party.

Told from the perspective of nine-year-old Sebastian, the story relates how he deals with a dysfunctional family, the faint memory of a mother who had abandoned her children to escape her abusive husband, and the drunks and dopers who hang out at the house, partying into the morning hours, and leaving no impressions on the boy to amount to much. They come, they go.

Except for Teal, who brings his musi
Caroline Wissing
Aug 03, 2012 Caroline Wissing rated it it was amazing
"There was something achingly familiar about the poet. I found myself compelled to stop what I was doing and examine the landscape of this familiarity. I could not place it...but something drew me to him."

When 8-year-old Sebastian Nelson wakes up to find Teal Landon asleep on his couch, he somehow knows Teal will change his life forever. Teal, known as the Poet, is a famous musician and friend of Sebby's broken father. Sebby's mother walked out on the family years before, leaving the boy to take
Sep 17, 2012 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Beautifully written! I couldn't put it down! Kevin is a wonderful writer - he gets you from the moment you turn the first page! I can't wait to see what his next one will be! Bravo, Kevin!
Sep 17, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this book down! I started it this morning and am already done reading it. It was sad that the boys parents were not able to be there for them, but thankfully they had Teal in their life to pick them up and be a father figure in their lives.
Susan Roach
Sep 02, 2012 Susan Roach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. The characters are very real and believable. A sad commentary of the life of one so young. However, the ending is also real, and uplifting. Brings back memories of my hometown, the Big Smoke.
Aug 30, 2012 Christy rated it really liked it
Good book and I loved Sebby.
This review was originally posted on Melissa's Midnight Musings on November 2, 2012.

When you first start reading, you're somewhat shocked at how Sebastian, also known as Sebby, seems so mature and together for an 8 year old. You first meet him when he's cleaning up after his father's wild parties, and caring for his 4 year old brother Renee, because his father's somewhat hopeless after his mom left them. He has so much responsibility that a child of his age shouldn't have. You can tell just how
Lisa Llamrei
Sebastian is a lonely boy. His mother abandoned him, and his father spends most of his time in a drunken stupor. One day, he wakes up to find the poet and folksinger, Teal Landon, asleep on his sofa. Sebastian is immediately drawn to him, and Teal takes a liking to Sebastian as well, becoming very protective of him.

I'm not going to give this book an in-depth review, because I don't feel qualified to do so. I read it because I previously read Craig's book, "Summer on Fire," and thoroughly enjoyed
Tobin Elliott
Nov 19, 2014 Tobin Elliott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hard-copy, fiction
I read this book at a very strange time. My mother was taken to Emergency today because she fell and broke her hip. And, as we waited the hours it took to get her initially treated, then admitted, I read Sebastian's Poet.

I have a lot of conflicting emotions about my one remaining parent, much like Sebastian has about his, so there were quite a few times this story resonated with my own life.

I also have to admit that there were several times when I actually stopped reading and asked myself if thi
Colleen Knight
Oct 14, 2014 Colleen Knight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
On the verge of waiting for BURN BABY BURN BABY, I read SEBASTIAN’S POET, Kevin Craig’s second novel.

I can’t recall the last time I read a book about men in a domestic situation, with boys needing taking care of, a scene that is mostly seen in novels with women in the roles. The role of caregivers, those that love, those that care for, those that provide, feed the household, show emotions, tears and tenderness. This is not a book about gender, rather it’s a book where gender does not matter. Or
From the very beginning this book had me intrigued, and as I finished the last page I was sad that it was over. While heartbreaking at times, it also is a story that will leave you hopeful. The characters will tug at your heart and pull you deeper into their world. Kevin Craig does an excellent job of writing this beautiful, yet tragic tale through the eyes of a child caught in an unfortunate situation. The thoughts and feelings come through so well with Craig's lyrical prose that you will insta ...more
Mel Cober
Mar 08, 2013 Mel Cober rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh Sebastian, your story made me smile, made me angry and made me cry. It's not that often that a book rings this true to real life for me.
I found I couldn't put it down. I'd bought the Kobo edition, but forgot my Kobo at an appointment, so continued to read it on my cell from i books, then back to my Kobo. I even made myself car sick trying to finish it today.
This novel brought back many memories for me of my unhappy childhood that I haven't thought about in years. I even dreamed of. Most of
Nov 21, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
The story that Kevin Craig wrote held me from the first page to the last. I became so attached to Sebby and what was happening to him that I found myself laughing and crying as the story progressed. The book is poignantly beautiful and brings to us a feeling of what it was like to have lived during that time.

Having read three of Mr. Craig's works, I can say without hesitation he is one of the finest story tellers I've been privileged to read.

Gwynn Scheltema
Jan 28, 2013 Gwynn Scheltema rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Months after reading SEBASTIAN’S POET, I’m still haunted by images of Sebby and his poet, Teal; I still smell the ashes in the ashtray; I still feel the awkwardness at the corner store.

This can only happen when characters and the world they live in are masterfully drawn. I was hooked from the first page and discovered as Sebby discovered, cried when he did, and felt his hope even in the darkest hours. At times I loved and trusted Teal, and at others I wanted to yell at him and tell him to butt o
Cheap and Lazy
Poignant and Beautifully Written. Wish I could give it more stars. I was immediately drawn in by the lush prose and the tragic reality of Sebastian's situation, told first-person by a too-old-for-his-age almost-nine year old boy through the next few years of his life. It felt so terribly real (even though it's firmly set in the late 70's). I kept wondering how many kids grew/grow up this way or worse. I might have found it too sad (I usually read pretty light stuff), if not for the (believably i ...more
Aug 31, 2016 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This story is told deep in the point of view of a little boy who trying to keep his tattered family together, looking after his wild baby brother and drunken father, with rays of hope provided by a sometimes mysterious family friend.
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Kevin is the author of five published novels: Summer on Fire (MuseItUp Publishing, 2011),Sebastian’s Poet (Musa Publishing, 2012), The Reasons (Musa Publishing, 2013), BURN BABY BURN BABY (Curiosity Quills Press, 2014), and, HALF DEAD AND FULLY BROKEN (Curiosity Quills Press, 2015)

Kevin is a 5-time winner of the Muskoka Novel Marathon’s Best Novel Award. He is also a passionate and accomplished pl
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