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ISBN: 9781416994305
Author: Silberberg, Alan
Publisher: Aladdin
Published: September 2010
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Ever since his mother died, nothing has gone right for 13-year-old geek Milo Cruikshank, and his family and home just aren't the same, but Milo handles his frustrations with sincerity, humor and heart. 25,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Grief; Fiction.
Death; Fiction.
Mothers; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010012708
Lexile Measure: 1180
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 1.25" H x 125.00" L x 5.75" W
Bargain Category: Social Issues, Middle School, Growing Up
Grade level(s): 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Twelve-year-old Milo is starting seventh grade at a new school. He's also beginning to deal with his mother's death a few years earlier; slipped in among droll descriptions of everyday life (e.g., lunch seating, the hell of gym class) are poignant memories. Leavened with wry cartoons throughout, it's a rich and real story of grief and growing up. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #6)
Twelve-year-old Milo is dealing with a lot of beginnings. It's the start of the school year and he's in a new house (number five in his life so far), a new neighborhood (with a crazy lady across the street), and a new school (seventh grade, in a junior high, no less). Then there's his evolving crush on popular girl Summer Goodman and new friendships with girl-next-door Hillary Alpert and fellow nerd Marshall Hickler. Most of all, Milo's beginning to deal with an ending: the death of his mother a few years earlier. And so, slipped in among the droll descriptions of everyday life -- lunch seating, weird smells, the hell of gym, the torture of having afterschool help in math -- are Milo's poignant memories. Sometimes sardonic ("Finally, a boy who I swear smelled like a can of cat food had been rubbed all over his body shows up") and sometimes heartrending ("I miss a dinner table that doesn't feel lopsided and a kitchen that's full of her"), Milo's voice is distinct and believable. Leavened with wry cartoons throughout, Milo is a rich and real story of grief and growing up. monica edinger Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 September)

Gr 5–8—By page 14, readers will know that this is more than just another funny story about a middle school misfit who is the new kid in the neighborhood. While Milo does struggle with all the normal tween anxieties and self-consciousness about his family, there is more. Silberberg details the daily events with Wimpy Kid-like drawings and quick-witted humor that will keep the pages turning. Milo's new friendships with classmates Marshall and Hillary and elderly neighbor Sylvia Poole allow readers to glimpse at the deeper truth—Milo's mother's death—as it emerges between laugh lines. Silberberg takes on a tough topic and always stays true to the age of the character through dialogue and artwork while maintaining that wisecracking, 12-year-old humor. Added to this, he manages to convey Milo's pain and fears without ever becoming maudlin or depressing. Those familiar with Silberberg's Pond Scum (Hyperion, 2005) will recognize the similar style of writing. Yet with Milo, the author embraces a core childhood fear, molding the humor with poignancy to create a profound slice of one boy's life.—Tina Hudak, St. Albans School, Washington, DC

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