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The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine
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Aug 06, 2011

really liked it
Read from August 05 to 06, 2011

What a great book! I wasn't sure how I would feel about this one as I wasn't over-the-top in love with Kathryn Erskine's previous hit, Mockingbird. This one, however, was much more my style. The characters are quirky and fun (I love Moo!!), Mike's relationship with his father is believable, and the mission for the community to adopt Misha is intriguing. There's enough plot going on in the book and enough character development to draw in readers that are attracted to books for either of those qualities. While I loved this book, I am sad to say that it doesn't teeter the line between elementary and middle school as I was hoping...it's wholeheartedly middle school! Take away a few curses and sexual references and it would have a prominent place in my ES library. A shame, as I think a lot of my 4th and 5th graders would really like it.

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