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Dec 20 2011

Milo and the Restart Button by Alan Silverberg

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Simon and Schuster, 2010. ISBN 9780857071903.
(Ages: 10+) Highly recommended. Milo has moved five times already in his life and so being in a new town and at a new school he calls hitting the restart button. Fitting in is not easy for Milo as he is a bit of a klutz and he finds it hard to read people and situations accurately. This leads to some very funny situations throughout the book that young readers will enjoy. Milo is also dealing with the loss of his mother from a brain tumour and Silberberg's writing about this is intensely sad but hopeful as Milo leads the whole family through their intense grief.
The comic style illustrations add to the appeal and I have already added it to my list of books to recommend when students have finished the Wimpy Kid series. This would be an excellent read aloud for Year 5-6 classes as well.
Chris Lloyd

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