Milo makes friends at his new school. As a matter of fact this friendship helps him start the process of fixing his family. Throughout the book Milo tries to win the heart of the girl of his dreams, balance two friendships one with a boy and one with a girl, not sticking out at school and how to be polite to strangers. Milo’s father has not dealt well with the death of his wife and mother of his children. Ok, to be blunt, Dad is a jerk. His way of dealing with the grief is to pretend that the person never existed. (Given how my dad grieved his parents Milo’s dad must be German and Dutch!) The stranger is the woman across the street. He befriends her after a tough day. Actually they befriend each other. Sylvia Poole helps Milo understand that it is important to remember loved ones. This leads Milo to take charge of his families healing in a fun and productive way.
Here is why I think Milo SN&BF has kid appeal:
- It is well written.
- It is funny.
- It is sad.
- It is filled with hilarious illustrations of Milo’s life.
- It has an alter ego named Dabney St. Claire. (Come on with an alter ego like this what’s not to love.)
- It has romance. Ok not really, just tween hopefulness.
- It makes you think.