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Twelve-year-old Rey is sent to an old rundown steel town near Pittsburgh, where he has to deal with his aging grandparents, isolated dad, missing mom, bullies, broken bridges, and horseradish sauce. While Rey sits on an airplane bound for Pittsburgh, he clutches a crumpled note. It's been forty-one days since his mom left-no words since. Rey's dad is sending him to Pittsbu ...more
Paperback, 134 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by Black Rose Writing
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Ruth Hill
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I am pleased to be able to tell you about a new, clean young adult book that is written by another great Pacific Northwest author. The book is short, easy to read, and completely appropriate (no profanity and no sex) for the younger audience. This will resonate with boys especially (it is a first person narrative by a boy), and I believe the girls will like it, too.

I had one issue that truly did bother me (especially in light of the young adult audience). There is a scene in which boys are stea
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Rachel
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Broken Bridges was a lovely story about a twelve year old boy Rey visiting his grandparents, his mom had disappeared and his dad seemed to distance himself from the situation, hence why Rey was at his grandparents in the summer with no air-con! As any young boy would do at that age is go to the places that he shouldn't have and get into trouble. He also had to deal with bullies, his grandfathers love of horseradish sauce which Rey didn't like at all and His grandfather told him lots of stories f ...more
Amanda
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be a a pleasant read, although it has a constantly sad undertone. It really pulls you into Rey's life and makes you care about him. He is so sad and confused over his mom's leaving him and his father. He feels abandoned by both of his parents. His dad sends him off and then rarely bothers to contact him. When he does call, it's for quick, inattentive conversations that end abruptly and leaves Rey feeling even more sad and confused.

Luckily his grandparents are there for him.
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Christy
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I truly loved this story! Broken Bridges is the story of a young boy named Rey who spends the summer with his grandparents. His mother has left, and his father is too depressed to be of much use to Rey. Thankfully, Rey has loving grandparents who can help him make it through the summer. They live just outside of Pittsburgh. Boooo lol. Being a NE Ohio girl automatically means I don't like Pittsburgh :) It's a rivalry thing. His grandparents' home has such a cozy feel, and you really get the sense ...more
Jayme Swallow
Well, I certainly enjoyed the sentiment of Broken Bridges. I found it difficult to read at some points, because the accents of the characters don't flow and sometimes don't make sense. The grandpa is often seen saying "yunz," which I have never read any any book nor ever heard-and I consider myself to be well versed on small town hick. (I grew up in a small town in Utah and spent time in the South, maybe it's something more specific to where Kindelberger grew up. I don't know. It just bothered ...more
Julie
The debut novel by Roy Kindelberger tells the story of a 12 year old boy who spends the summer in Pittsburgh with his grandparents. Rey learns lessons about choices, aging grandparents, bullies, and the importance of memories.
This book bridges the middle grade/young adult genre.
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Roy taught kindergarten for fifteen years. He now teaches second grade.
Roy lives with his wife, Laura and two wonderful children, Emily and Hailey in Bothell, Washington.

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