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4.34  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Sebastian Nelson is a boy in search of a family. Abandoned by his mother, Sebastian is left with a broken father who doesn’t even seem present when he does show up. Forced to be the main caregiver of his younger brother, Renee, and lost in a sea of indifference, Sebastian only wants to experience the love a real, stable family could afford him.

One morning he discovers th
Kindle Edition, 142 pages
Published January 26th 2016 (first published July 5th 2012)
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Gwynn Scheltema
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Months after reading SEBASTIAN’S POET, I’m still haunted by images of Sebby and his poet, Teal; I still smell the ashes in the ashtray; I still feel the awkwardness at the corner store.

This can only happen when characters and the world they live in are masterfully drawn. I was hooked from the first page and discovered as Sebby discovered, cried when he did, and felt his hope even in the darkest hours. At times I loved and trusted Teal, and at others I wanted to yell at him and tell him to butt o
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Why don't more people know about this author? About this book? Because they should. It's a hidden gem.

The story is told through the eyes of Sebastian, a boy who has never been able to embrace his childhood. Abandoned at a young age by his mother, Sebastian is left to care for his younger brother Renee and a depressed father. The situation is far from ideal for two young boys...the house a constant stream of bodies enjoying loud music, drugs and alcohol late into the night. Then one morning while
Lori Twining
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kevin-craig
Loved this book! It is a great read.

"Don't try and judge people only by what you see for yourself. You have to get the whole picture, see the person through other people who know him." ~ Kevin Craig

What a wonderful message this is... most people don't realize that people have multiple stories within them, until it is too late. This story makes you think about your own life and the people who surround you as family and friends... what they think they know and what they really don't know (because
Margaret Lesh
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
After reading the first paragraph of Sebastian’s Poet, I knew this was a book I was going to not only enjoy but experience and savor. I was drawn to Sebastian, the young boy who’s been abandoned by his mother and left with a broken, unable to function, emotionally unavailable father. A surrogate dad to his handful of a little brother, Sebastian keeps house and makes breakfasts, running off to the corner market for supplies, dealing with the disapproval of the shopkeeper, noticing everything abou ...more
Cynthia Hill
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the type of book that makes me feel inadequate as a writer. Seriously. I was drawn in immediately. The characters, and all of the secrets that they held, fascinated me, and I wanted to know more. The two boys, Sebastian (or “Sebby” as he’s called) and his little brother, Renee, brought out the mother in me: it absolutely killed me to hear of the neglect that they were living in. I loved that Teal came in and gave them a sense of stability, but even Teal’s love couldn’t hold their fractur ...more
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story sent me back in time! The corner store, the shag carpet, the old cottage and land marks that put me right there but besides the familiar it was Sebastian's heartbreaking voice that kept me riveted. This story kept me glued to the very end! ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a book before that brought back a memory from my childhood so vividly before, but that is exactly what happened while reading Sebastian's Poet, it was not a good or bad memory, just something that I thought I had forgotten.

My heart broke for Sebastian in so many places in this book that I lost count. He is a very special little boy who had to grow up way to early like so many other kids, and it is not fair. Thankfully Sebastian had Teal that came in to his life and tried to pr
G. Cribbs
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You might experience flashbacks or nostalgia along the way through this quick read of a story, as I certainly experienced throughout Craig's second novel. The story and the characters draw you into the afterparty, the clean-up and the questions that reveal further questions and missing puzzle pieces.

Craig adeptly maneuvers the reader through the story that is one part a happy trip down memory lane interwoven with a heartbreaking tale of a family fractured, broken, and quite possibly beyond repai
Al Stevens
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The opening of this story recalled the times I had come awake on a couch after a gig or a party.

Told from the perspective of nine-year-old Sebastian, the story relates how he deals with a dysfunctional family, the faint memory of a mother who had abandoned her children to escape her abusive husband, and the drunks and dopers who hang out at the house, partying into the morning hours, and leaving no impressions on the boy to amount to much. They come, they go.

Except for Teal, who brings his musi
Caroline Wissing
"There was something achingly familiar about the poet. I found myself compelled to stop what I was doing and examine the landscape of this familiarity. I could not place it...but something drew me to him."

When 8-year-old Sebastian Nelson wakes up to find Teal Landon asleep on his couch, he somehow knows Teal will change his life forever. Teal, known as the Poet, is a famous musician and friend of Sebby's broken father. Sebby's mother walked out on the family years before, leaving the boy to take
Annabelle Blume
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is incredibly well written and completely original. I recommended it to a friend who immediately bought it and loved it, too. Kevin Craig's writing is superb, his characters are fully fleshed out into living beings, and he employs amazing attention to detail through out the entire novel.

Sebastian's Poet is a wonderful contemporary work that deserves much more notoriety than it has received. More people need to know about this author. Please, please, trust me when I say that you will
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Beautifully written! I couldn't put it down! Kevin is a wonderful writer - he gets you from the moment you turn the first page! I can't wait to see what his next one will be! Bravo, Kevin!
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this book down! I started it this morning and am already done reading it. It was sad that the boys parents were not able to be there for them, but thankfully they had Teal in their life to pick them up and be a father figure in their lives.
Susan Roach
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. The characters are very real and believable. A sad commentary of the life of one so young. However, the ending is also real, and uplifting. Brings back memories of my hometown, the Big Smoke.
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book and I loved Sebby.
Melissa T
This review was originally posted on Melissa's Midnight Musings on November 2, 2012.

When you first start reading, you're somewhat shocked at how Sebastian, also known as Sebby, seems so mature and together for an 8 year old. You first meet him when he's cleaning up after his father's wild parties, and caring for his 4 year old brother Renee, because his father's somewhat hopeless after his mom left them. He has so much responsibility that a child of his age shouldn't have. You can tell just how
Lisa Llamrei
Sebastian is a lonely boy. His mother abandoned him, and his father spends most of his time in a drunken stupor. One day, he wakes up to find the poet and folksinger, Teal Landon, asleep on his sofa. Sebastian is immediately drawn to him, and Teal takes a liking to Sebastian as well, becoming very protective of him.

I'm not going to give this book an in-depth review, because I don't feel qualified to do so. I read it because I previously read Craig's book, "Summer on Fire," and thoroughly enjoyed
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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From the very beginning this book had me intrigued, and as I finished the last page I was sad that it was over. While heartbreaking at times, it also is a story that will leave you hopeful. The characters will tug at your heart and pull you deeper into their world. Kevin Craig does an excellent job of writing this beautiful, yet tragic tale through the eyes of a child caught in an unfortunate situation. The thoughts and feelings come through so well with Craig's lyrical prose that you will insta ...more
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story that Kevin Craig wrote held me from the first page to the last. I became so attached to Sebby and what was happening to him that I found myself laughing and crying as the story progressed. The book is poignantly beautiful and brings to us a feeling of what it was like to have lived during that time.

Having read three of Mr. Craig's works, I can say without hesitation he is one of the finest story tellers I've been privileged to read.

Jul 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story is fabulous and well crafted.
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Craig's writing, could be compared to many authors in the literature genre. ...more
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Poignant and Beautifully Written. Wish I could give it more stars. I was immediately drawn in by the lush prose and the tragic reality of Sebastian's situation, told first-person by a too-old-for-his-age almost-nine year old boy through the next few years of his life. It felt so terribly real (even though it's firmly set in the late 70's). I kept wondering how many kids grew/grow up this way or worse. I might have found it too sad (I usually read pretty light stuff), if not for the (believably i ...more
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This story is told deep in the point of view of a little boy who trying to keep his tattered family together, looking after his wild baby brother and drunken father, with rays of hope provided by a sometimes mysterious family friend.
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Kevin is the author of seven novels: SUMMER ON FIRE (MuseItUp Publishing, 2011),SEBASTIAN'S POET (Musa Publishing, 2012), THE REASONS (Musa Publishing, 2013), BURN BABY BURN BABY (Curiosity Quills Press, 2014), HALF DEAD AND FULLY BROKEN (Curiosity Quills Press, 2015), PRIDE MUST BE A PLACE (MuseItUp Publishing, 2018), and THE CAMINO CLUB (Duet Press/Interlude Press, 2020). Look for Kevin's 2 new ...more

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