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Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze

by Alan Silberberg

Published by Aladdin, 2010
275 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4169-9430-5

Ages 10 - 13

Moving, new schools, and an interminable ďfogĒ have been a part of Miloís life since his motherís death from a brain tumor. His father has gotten rid of all his motherís clothes and other reminders of her, leaving Milo with nothing tangible to remember her by. His fatherís reluctance to talk about his mom further complicates Miloís sadness. But starting seventh grade at his newest school proves to be a turning point. Although Milo isnít exactly the popular type, he finds his niche with Hillary, the quirky neighbor girl, and another kid from school whose family gives Milo the feelings of normalcy he used to have when his mom was around. With the help of his adult neighbor, Sylvia, and his two new best friends, Milo starts to open up, talking about his mother and finding a way to bring back memories of her life. The humor, honesty, and friendships in this entertaining story are surprisingly profound, and the diary format with cartoon illustrations makes it an engaging and accessible book.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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