Cover copyright 2007
art James Bernardin
design Robbin Gourley
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux , 2007.
There are two bright spots in Michael's life: Melanie, the new girl in town, and Charlie Andrews, an artist and retired teacher who used to work with Michael's dad and is now giving Michael private art lessons. Like Grandpa and Michael, Mr. Andrews knows how to observe carefully and deeply, and as his lessons progress, Michael understands better and better how to capture what he sees on paper. But after losing Grandpa, can Michael let himself get close to someone else?
You'll care for Michael, grieve over his losses, and love the people he loves. A warm, satisfying book, one you won't forget.
--Patricia Reilly Giff, author of 'Pictures of Hollis Woods'
This thoughtful, well-written novel would be an excellent comfort to any young reader dealing with the frailty of life. The fact that I found myself standing in the narrator's shoes, becoming him, learning to live with his loss and finding hope, is a testament to Cynthia Cotten's skill as a writer. I enjoyed this gem of a story very much.
--Graham Salisbury, author of 'Eyes of the Emperor'
This is a valuable book. I was deeply moved.
--Earl Hamner, Jr., author of 'Spencer's Mountain' and creator of the television series, 'The Waltons'
...the dramatic portrayal of Michael's grief, true to the child's viewpoint, is far from sentimental as he swings from denial to anger to sorrow, and, finally, to acceptance. The easy, casual dialogue between the boy and his relative reinforces the idea that Grandpa will always be in Michael's memories. An excellent book for discussion.. --Hazel Rochman
School Library Journal
This story is touching and accurate in its portrayal of the grieving process. --Nicki Clausen-Grace, Carillon Elementary School, Oviedo, FL