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
Simply, the 'plot' is about how the kids learn to know themselves better, find their strengths, and develop ways to cope with life's challenges both large and small. Sometimes the adults learn a little something, too - but mostly they're either quiet...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.