This is one of those books that I read again and again as a kid. I found it as a suggestion for a new book in the back of another book that I had just finished, so I headed to the bookstore and got a copy. I was so glad I did. I think I was about ten the first time I read it, and I was so intrigued by the weirdness of it all. I think I’ve read it at least six or seven times.
It’s actually a well-known book, and it’s won a bunch of awards. I didn’t know it until I was older.
It’s about a small boy named Michael. He moves into a new house with his family, and it’s pretty big and really old. One day, while exploring, he comes across a severely emaciated man in a shed near his home. He takes it upon himself to care for the old man, who constantly wants aspirin for his arthritis and Chinese food from a certain take out menu.
Later, Michael befriends a young girl named Mina. She is home schooled, and she is a bit different from everyone else he’s ever met. He enjoys his time with her, and they spend quite a bit of time together. He even introduces Mina to the old man in the shed.
In the background of the story, Michael has a younger sister. She was born premature, and, because of that, she has a serious heart condition. Her fate is up in the air, and it causes a lot of tension in the house.
I really enjoyed this book. It has some weird story features, and I like the mystery behind it. I also love Mina. She is such a strong female character in that she isn’t afraid to be herself. This is a great kids’ novel for all ages.