Monday, October 7, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Saturday Boy

The Saturday Boy by David Fleming is one of those books that has readers laughing and crying -- sometimes on the same page. It's poignant and real and funny. It's also a book for boys . . . and a book for girls . . . and a book for adults. Truly, everyone will find something to love about The Saturday Boy.

The premise: Derek's dad flies Apache helicopters for the Army, but Derek's not too excited when the Army calls his dad back to Afghanistan for a second tour. Feeling like his dad is gone more than he's home makes the letters they write back and forth something of a treasure to Derek. But being bullied by your used-to-be best friend and having your dad halfway around the world leaves Derek wondering if his world will ever make sense again.

What I loved: The range of emotions. Derek and his mom travel some high highs and some low lows. Told by Derek in his very real, very honest, eleven-year-old way, the reader can't help but feel what Derek does and step right into his shoes. David Fleming brings readers into a world where many of us don't live -- a world where loved ones are separated because of duty. And if this is your world, this book helps others understand just how difficult your world can be.

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22 comments:

  1. Ooh, this sounds good, Barbara. And I bet it's something that kids with parents in the military would relate to. Thanks for reviewing it.

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  2. This does sound good, Barbara. They say there is a need for more boy books and this one seems to cover that. The title is intriguing.

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  3. Sounds like a great story. I know someone with two sons whose dad is in the army. I'm going to recommend this book to them.

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  4. This sounds incredibly sweet. A great story, especially for kiddos with military dads.

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  5. This sounds like a terrific story. My son-in-law works on the railroad and is gone much more than he is home. I wonder if my grandkids wouldn't find things in this book that would be valuable to them. Thanks for telling me about it.

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  6. That's a tough age, especially when your best friend turns on you. Great premise for a MG book and best wishes to David Fleming!

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  7. This sounds so interesting. Thanks for telling us about it, Barbara and congratulations to David.

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  8. It sounds so current and like it deals well with tricky themes!

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  9. Sounds like a fabulous book and one that is needed in today's world. Thanks for the heads up on this one.

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  10. I love middle-grade books, but I had not heard of this one. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

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  11. Books like this are so timely and important. And I love that you feel you've stepped into the character's shoes.

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  12. I LOVE laughing and crying! Sounds like a great read.

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  13. I already know this book will leave me sobbing. I'm that predictable. :)

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  14. Sounds like an emotional roller coaster type of book. Thanks for the feature, I hope to read it sometime soon.

    ~Akoss

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  15. I read the teaser pages on Amazon and it does sound like an intriguing heartfelt tale. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. This looks like a must-have for when my little guy gets older. Love that unexpected helicopter hanging from the stars. Thanks for the rec!

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  17. Great review! Any book capable of making someone laugh and cry is always a must-read in my mind. :)

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  18. Sounds like a great book with some heart-string tugging going on. :)

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  19. It sounds wonderful. And I LOVE the title!

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  20. This sounds like a special book, especially for kids in a military life separation.

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  21. This sounds really good. Another book for my tottering pile!

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  22. What a timely topic for a lot of kids out there.

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