The premise: Cosmo's granddad is losing his memory; his mind is failing. But when he gives Cosmo an old key and insists he must journey to Blackbrick (and bring a pen and paper), Cosmo promises he will. He uses the key and steps back in time about seventy years -- to when his granddad was only 16.
What I loved: The love and friendship between Cosmo and his granddad. Neither is perfect, but their love and devotion to one another are. This is a book about the heartbreak of memory loss and being forgotten by someone who loves you. But it's more than that. It's about the power of love and family. Think of it as an Irish twist on the 1980's movie Back to the Future.
Back to Blackbrick is an upper middle grade read; the inside cover states ages 10-14. In my opinion, there are not enough books geared for this audience, for the in-betweeners -- the not-quite MG but not-quite YA either. And this books contains some difficult issues, things that may be hard to understand and absorb for younger readers, so take heed that it reads older than much middle grade.
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Happy middle grade reading,