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The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine
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Jun 22, 11

Read in June, 2011

AN EXCELLENT BOOK. Fourteen year old Mike has the mathematical equivalent of dyslexia. However his father is a mathematical genius and professor. When his father contracts to teach in Romania for the summer, Mike is sent to stay with his great aunt and uncle in rural Pennsylvania. While living in a quirky town surrounded by quirky people, Mike improves his self esteem and learns that he has self worth, even if he can never live up to his father's expectations of Mike becoming an engineer or mathematician.

I laughed and cried while reading the book! The story proved to be cathartic...helping me to work out my own "father" issues and deal with my grief on his passing away.

A great read! You won't be disappointed

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