THE BOY WHO COULD FLY by Robert Newman


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Buddha and the P.T.A. clash in Westfield, Connecticut when orphans Mark (13) and Joey (6) come to stay with their Uncle George. Joey's huge eyes can see inside people's heads and comprehend difficult concepts; more significantly in his opinion, they can understand a person's feelings and motives. As Mark explains, while ordinary humans wander around in a maze, Joey stands outside and sees the maze as a whole. Silent and aloof, Joey knows that his unusual insight will make him a great teacher (like Jesus or Buddha) and he never uses this insight as a trick or an attention-getter. The dyed-in-the-wool villain who opposes Uncle George's school budget plan tries to exploit Joey's powers, but his plan is foiled. Mark tells the story which moves with infinite slowness through several unconvincing scenes of e.s.p. to an unexciting conclusion in which Joey assures Mark that he will always need him. Uncle Wiggly looked better in Connecticut than Siddhartha: neither the mysticism nor the characters work here.

Pub Date: March 21st, 1967
Publisher: Atheneum