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MILO by Alan Silberberg


Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze

by Alan Silberberg & illustrated by Alan Silberberg

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4169-9430-5
Publisher: Aladdin

Seventh grader Milo Cruikshank narrates and illustrates an up-and-down year in yet another new school. He works his way through a crush and finds both friends who share his interests and an adult he can talk to about the ways he still misses his mom, who died two years earlier. Looking at the cover and even reading the first two chapters won’t prepare readers for the emotional content of this moving book. Milo’s mother’s death left a gaping, silent hole in his family. Over the course of the year he finds a way to fill that void, get his father and older sister talking about her again and say goodbye properly. The accessible text is full of cartoons illustrating and occasionally carrying the action; Milo makes lists, too. Close to failing math, socially inept and awkward with girls, even one who simply wants to be a friend, he is easy to care about. Middle-school readers will find his school life familiar and painfully funny, but they may be surprised by the poignancy of his story. (Fiction. 10-14)