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The Missing Piece of Charlie O'Reilly

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Charlie O’Reilly is an only child. Which is why it makes everyone uncomfortable when he talks about his brother. Liam, his eight-year-old kid brother, who, up until a year ago, slept in the bunk above Charlie, took pride in being as annoying as possible, and was the only person who could make Charlie laugh until it hurt.

Then came the morning when the bunk, and Liam, disapp
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Walden Pond Press
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Ms. Yingling
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

For the last year, Charlie has maintained that he used to have a younger brother named Liam, but he disappeared one night and no one in his family ever remembered him. All of his things were just gone. Charlie's best friend Ana supports him, even if she doesn't completely believe him, and Charlie needs this support because for the last year his mother has been so depressed that she doesn't even care for him properly. As the anniversary of the disappearance approaches, Ch
I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss

This was such a fun book! I don't want to get too into the plot because it actually gets pretty involved [for a middle grade book at least] and throws a few curve balls at you towards the end, but I will just say that I was actually worried a bit about the length of the book before I started and once I got into it, it kept my interest and I never felt like it dragged at all. It was a fun read and definitely a very original concept. Overall it's j
Kristin Crouch
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author for providing a copy of The Missing Piece of Charlie O'Reilly to collabookation for review. Review:
Remember when you were a kid and in a fit of sadness/regret/rage you wished you had never been born? This book walks Charlie and his brother, Liam, down that path.
Last year Charlie went to bed on the eve of his birthday hoping he'd be gifted his own room. His little brother Liam is driving him crazy! When he wakes, Liam isn't in his room anymore, but he isn't anywhere else e
Michele Knott
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a book that had pieces that fit together seamlessly and pieces you struggled to see how and where they would fit. But once they did and you saw it all put together, it was amazing.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly is a tale about love, loss, family and friendship while highlighting the healing power of forgiveness for ourselves and others. It has just the right mix of mystery, fantasy and spookiness to keep me on the edge of my seat the entire time I read this book. Ms. Ansari did an amazing job writing this story. I found this book to be a powerfully written tale that grabbed my heart-strings and still hasn’t let them go!

I received this book for free. A favorable re
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, middle-years
This one just didn't ever click for me. The super-cheesy dialogue kept pulling me out of the story (not to mention "Jonathon"'s name -- ugh, WHY spell it that way?) and I couldn't stay focused. I THINK a lot of the disparate pieces of the story ended up working out and piecing together, but as I read, that piecing-together never felt very natural. I appear to be the only one who feels that way, so maybe I was in the wrong frame of mind to read it? I dunno, but this isn't one I'll be passing alon ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
This book is astonishingly good. I'm not going to say anything about the plot, because I went into it knowing nothing about it, and I encourage you to keep as much of it as mystery as possible, because the wonder of having it unfold as you read it is worth preserving. I will say this: it's beautiful, heartbreaking, wondrous, and lovely. And also that it's definitely one of those "just one more chapter" books, to the point where I gave in and left my to-do list behind so I could sit on the couch ...more
Katie Reilley
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author for sharing this one with our #bookexpedition group!

For middle grade fans of mystery and fantasy, this story tells the tale of Charlie O’ Reilly and the search for his missing younger brother named Liam. The only one remembers Liam but Charlie.

With plenty of magic and themes of love, forgiveness, and family, this debut middle grade read will be a hit! Coming in March 2019.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, first-reads
This book was not what I thought it would be. Based on the title and the book cover, I anticipated a real mystery or a murder. Instead, I found a book about family love and willingness to forgive one's past mistakes. Don't get me wrong, I was happy with the author's spin and feeling of eerieness in the book's story plot. It centered on Charlie's determination to find his brother, Liam, who was erased from the rest of the world. In reading the book, Charlie embarks on a journey that will test him ...more
Mandy Cummings
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given this arc to read by my Principal after he met Mrs. Anasari’s husband. This debut novel follows the story of Charlie, who knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that he has a younger brother, Liam, that no one else remembers. With everyone else thinking he is crazy, the only person he can talk to about Liam is his best friend Anna. That is until a note written in Liam’s handwriting is found amongst Charlie’s baseball bag that instructs him to talk to The assistant coach Jonathan. With his h ...more
Kirsti Call
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Charlie did know that. He knew a lot of things: that his dad's promotion at the museum of natural history meant a lot of trips out of town; that the raise that came with the new job was necessary to replace some of Mom's income;that he should be thankful they hadn't moved out of their house in Kingsberg to be closer to New York City. Knowing all this however, didn't make it easier. It seemed like dad was gone more than he was home these days, and the geodes, T-shirts, and sharks' teeth that fil ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charlie O'Reilly has a problem. His little brother Liam is missing. But that's not really the problem. The problem is, no one else even remembers Liam. One day he woke up, and the bunk above his bed was gone, and so was the annoying little brother in it. A year later, and Charlie's still looking. Only his best friend Ana believes his story. So when a note appears, and his meticulous comics are messed up, Charlie knows Liam's been there. Together, Ana and Charlie undertake a mission drenched in m ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
** I received an advance reader copy of this book for free through a Goodreads giveaway. **

This was a truly enjoyable read. Cheesy at times and some of the 'twists' were fairly easy to see coming, but the themes of unconditional love and forgiveness carried the story along very well without being overbearing. The relationships between characters rang true -- from the friendship between Charlie and Ana to the complicated relationship between Charlie and his mother. It is a good book to use to sho
Jennifer Hill
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could not put it down! I stayed up until 2 AM finishing it, because I just could not stop! What a whirlwind of time travel/ other dimension/ ???

Charlie is missing his brother Liam because he wished him away on his birthday last year. No one else remembers Liam, except Charlie and no one believes Charlie, except his best friend Ana. Charlie's mom is dealing with depression and his dad is travelling for work. It is up to Charlie and Ana to find Liam. As they encounter someone who knows what hap
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thirteen-year old Charlie O’Reilly’s little brother Liam has disappeared...he simply vanished. And for some reason Charlie is the only one who remembers Liam ever even existed; not even their parents remember Liam. When strange dreams, notes, and occurrences happen, Charlie, with his best friend Ana by his side, set out to uncover the truth about where Liam went and how to get him back.

Rebecca Ansari’s The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly is a heartfelt and captivating new middle-grade book. F
Susan Dove Lempke
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This had such a great opening that I couldn't resist picking it up: "Charlie O'Reilly was an only child. It therefore made everyone uncomfortable when he talked about his little brother." And it was compulsively readable throughout, all the way to a very compelling and satisfying conclusion. Well-developed main characters Charlie and Ana make you care what happens to them and each thing they did, while risky, made sense in the story. This was a great debut book and I look forward to reading more ...more
Julie Kirchner
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book came to me via an arc from the author.

This is a story about Charlie who remembers something about his life that his parents seem to forget...he had a brother named Liam. One day Charlie woke up and no one remembers his brother except him. Only his best friend will humor his thoughts about the possibility his brother is still alive and will come back one day. Full of twists and turns and a bit of mystery, this will be a book that fantasy lovers will want to get their hands on.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway and it was fantastic. I read it in 3 days and I loved it. I can totally see this as a moving or mini-series. I enjoyed how everything was intertwined and showed how we all have these emotions and desires and how people deal with the situations. Absolutely great read!
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome first novel! Full of surprises. I loved the characters and couldn't wait to find out what would happen.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mandy Laferriere
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-school
Just reviewed this sweet new middle grade novel for School Library Journal. Review to come upon publication.
Mr. Salerno
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charlie has missed his younger brother, Liam, since he disappeared one year ago. But why doesn't anyone else remember that Liam ever existed...? A great story about regret, family, and forgiveness.
Susan Sullivan
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
*The importance of family and friends.
*Mental health issues
*acceptance when a family member shares that he’s gay.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly is a mystery, a fantasy, a thriller, and even a love story. Rebecca Ansari does an incredible job of unfolding the mystery bit by bit to keep the reader on tenterhooks, while still providing plenty of jaw-dropping, heart-wrenching moments of revelation. I’ve never read a book quite like this for Middle Grade, and it’s a welcome addition for this age group, particularly 5th-8th due to its length and complexity. The premise that Charlie alone remembers his you ...more
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Bonnie Grover
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you #BookPosse for the ARC. This book is built on the premise of a wish kids often make in anger, “I wish I had never been born!” But what if that wish were to come true? Although the book confronts this idea, it is so much more. The author builds a complicated plot and delves beautifully into a fantasy world. However, woven into the many layers are friendship, depression, forgiveness and hope. The Missing Piece Of Charlie O’Reilly is a mystery that will intrigue upper grade readers and ad ...more
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Rebecca Ansari lives in a very loud house in Minneapolis with her husband, their four boys, and two huge dogs. After twelve years as an ER doctor, she shelved her scrubs to write magical and mysterious worlds for middle grade readers. She is drawn to any story that evokes, “Please, mom! Just one more chapter!” and she strives to craft the same. When she isn’t writing, you can find her joyously bik ...more