18. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Leslie

The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine, 247 pages, read by Leslie, on 08/17/2012

The Absolute Value of Mike

Fourteen-year-old Mike, whose father is a brilliant mathematician but who has no math aptitude himself, spends the summer in rural Pennsylvania with his elderly and eccentric relatives Moo and Poppy, helping the townspeople raise money to adopt a Romanian orphan.

A thoroughly wacky story in which the Mike learns that he has value, worth and abilities he didn’t know he had.  A good book, the title of which drew my daughter’s attention (math teacher).  It didn’t make the final cut for the Truman list, but it would be a good addition to any library.

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