Words of Stone
Then the message appears on the side of the hill. And Blaze's summer suddenly takes a turn toward the mysterious. By the time Blaze meets Joselle Stark, the unexpected seems almost normal.
Each year he returns to the ferris wheel hoping he can have the courage to overcome his fears, and each year he fails.
He has a strong support base of a loving father and grandmother, but still his imaginary friends are the ones to whom he turns.
When Joselle Stark arrives in the neighborhood ...more
His mother had died, he was burned when he tried to relive his last memory with her, and now he has secret messages written to him on the hill. He had tried to adapt, he made a new imaginary friend each year, and each year when he was unable to accomplish his goal he lost his friend. This year was not any different until the stones on the hill spelled his mother’s name. She was alone and lonely. She has always felt unloved by her mother, and a little bit of a trouble m ...more
Blaze Werla is having a routine summer. He spends his days alone, wandering around the hill next door, and his nights awake, avoiding the dreams that haunt him. Then a message appears on the side of the hill and Blaze's predictable summer suddenly takes a turn toward the mysterious. By the time he meets outgoing Joselle Stark, Blaze finds himself in entirely new territory, where the unexpected seems almost normal.
If you couldn't tell, I'm on a Kevin Henkes kick. I'm reading all of his books. This one did not disappoint. It was lovely, in fact. I love the way he portrays real friendships. His characters are just alive. Henkes is a wonder.
Today he's the author of many award-winning picture books and novels.