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Inside Grandad

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Magical story about a boy and his grandfather.

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There is magic in the world, and Peter Dickinson knows it beyond the shadow of a doubt. It lurks in the hidden spaces of the ordinary, in the mysterious connections between one person and another, subtle, shy, brought forth by the power of emotion, gone so quickly it can always be rationalized away.

Dickinson brings the magic into high relief by keeping the story so relentlessly real. Every character is complex, imperfect, and utterly believable. The course of the stroke, the ambulance, the hospital, nurses, physiotherapists, the effects on the family -- all are firmly grounded in reality, as is the ending, in which there are no satisfying but unbelievable miracles, only the tiniest hints of genuine hope. In this slim book, lightly touched by magic and likely to bring tears on more than one occasion, it is Gavin's unshakable devotion to his Grandad that is the most realistic, and magical, of all.

Book Details

  • Author: Peter Dickinson
  • Genre: Family Life
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publication date: March 6, 2004
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 117
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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