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Summary: Jamie Reardon's life is not going the way it used to. At the same time he is trying to help his Aunt Sapphy remember, Jamie is doing everything in his power to do things that help him forget: his parent's divorce, moving to new town, living in a trailer, all of it. When he sees an ad for hypnosis, he thinks he's found the answer! This is a young adult novel about dealing with getting help for a deep, dark secret.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, remedial reader
Recommended Age: read together: 10 and up; read yourself: 12 and up
Young Reader Reaction: I thought that the book was a tiny bit confusing, especially the part about Old Gray and Jaimie. I couldn't really understand what happened on Christmas. Kids 10 to 14 years old are old enough to read this and not be freaked out by weird stuff happening. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends. It is interesting and a real page-turner.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a story with realistic characters and situations. The author did an exceptional job introducing that Jamie was the victim of a child predator without being graphic, retelling all the events, or letting it take over the bigger story.
Pros: The book is very well written and the story moves quickly. Teens should gain empathy in reading this book.
Cons: The sexual abuse element may not be something that all parents want introduced in their children's reading selections. A short list of resources at the end might help others seek help/guidance.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a very worthwhile read, but probably isn't a book that will be re-read many times.
Educational Themes: There are opportunities for discussing problem solving and the importance of talking to a trusted adult, regardless of whether/not you want to discuss child predators (patterns, indicators, tips).
Notes: The publisher donated an Advance Review Copy (ARC) copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile.
Literary Categories: Fiction - family, young adult
Date(s) Reviewed: March 2006, December 2014
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.