- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 04 - 07
- Paperback: 222 pages
- Publisher: Mymilou Press (December 10, 2013)
- ISBN-13: 978-0615931630
Emily meets Caleb, Caleb meets Iris, and a gray world turns Technicolor - Agoraphobic Caleb Reed is about to step outside for the first time in seven years, meet indie filmmaker Iris Elliott…and definitely not fall in love. It’s all because of the notes, the weird and wonderful notes he keeps finding on his front porch, notes signed by someone claiming to be long dead poet Emily Dickinson. Caleb’s parents think he’s losing his mind, but he knows they’re wrong. Something’s going on outside – something strange, something terrifying …something beautiful.
This book was interesting but a little weird. It is definitely different than anything I normally read. The target audience is children ages 9-12. I think the upper end of it would be appropriate due to content. The characters are well developed and the plot kept my attention beginning to end. I could feel the emotions of the characters. Some issues addressed in the book include mental illness, death, and family dysfunction. It does not leave you light and happy but the end fits the book. I hope there is a second book so readers can see what happens to Caleb. Iris was a great character and I loved her she embraces her interests even while her mom is pressing her to be part of the it crowd. Recommended with caution. Parents might want to read it first.
Alex Marestaing has worked on creative writing projects for The Walt Disney Company, Lego, Thomas Nelson (Harper Collins), and The Los Angeles Times. In addition, he’s written freelance for various faith-based publications. He loves soccer and has covered the game in Europe and the U.S. for Sports Spectrum Magazine and Yanks Abroad.
Review copy provided by Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.