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The Saturday Boy

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tough but warmhearted story of boy who misses dad at war.

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THE SATURDAY BOY is a deeply felt story of a boy unmoored. Powerful emotions are at play, but author David Fleming uses restraint to great advantage. He steers clear of maudlin scenes and lets understated prose capture the view of a boy on the verge of growing up. The lonely, insecure narrator is on the immature side of 11, enjoying superhero and ninja play while his peers start acting the part of middle-schoolers. Derek has a reputation for being a difficult kid at school (his classmates, he learns, think he's weird), but he's assured by people who love him that he's a good kid who'll turn out just fine.

The background -- with Derek's father stationed in Afghanistan -- is very much of the times, but the story has timeless heft. It's a good choice for any child struggling with changing friendships, the absence of loved ones, or just the everyday drama of growing up.

Book Details

  • Author: David Fleming
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • Publication date: June 13, 2013
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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