Down the Memory Hole by Aurorawolf
His summer vacation is ruined when twelve-year-old Buzz Collins is forced to share his room and emotional space with his grandfather, who has Alzheimer's disease, and his parents forbid him to associate with his best friend, Mitch. The thought of giving up his friendship is heartbreaking enough. But how can he relate to someone who forgets his grandson's name, wears adult diapers, and thinks dog biscuits are people cookies, someone who could die in the night and scare Buzz right out of puberty.
Buzz thinks Alzheimer's is caused by a traumatic event, such as the train accident that killed Grandpa's brother Barkley. When Grandpa's mind wanders and he mistakes Buzz for Barkley, Buzz assumes the role of his great uncle, and in the process he develops compassion and appreciation for his grandfather.
The situation turns deadly when Buzz and Mitch - whose friendship Buzz refuses to end - attempt to cure Grandpa of Alzheimer's disease by recreating the train accident on a hot summer day. (Ages 9-12+)
Readers who enjoyed the movie "Stand By Me" will enjoy this coming-of-age novel.
This is a story beautifully told and without false sentimentality which would ruin it. Excellent! -- Ian Ruxton, Kitakyushu, Japan; English instructor, co-author & translator of Japanese Students at Cambridge University in the Meiji Era, 1868-1912: Pioneers for the Modernization of Japan; 2/4/05
Using believable characters, the author leads us through a variety of emotions and insights about the human condition. -- Matthew Blevins; poet, author of Celebrations of Being; 2/16/05
About The Author...
My name is Bonnie Turner and I'm the author of four middle-grade books, one YA, and one adult historical novel. Born on Halloween in Independence, Missouri, I now live in De Pere, Wisconsin.
My YA novel, Drum Dance, has made it through the quarter finals in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards contest, heading next for semi-finals. :) People are loving this book! Y'all keep your fingers, eyes and legs crossed for me! LOL
Next on my writing list is a nonfiction book, a ghost story, and a YA set in the Flapper area.
ForeWord Clarion Review
YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Four Stars (out of Five)
Billed as a young-adult, coming-of-age story, Bonnie Turner
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