Wow. I felt like I was in the RV with Charlie and his family. The author was good at describing emotions, and helping the reader experience not just Charlie’s emotions, but the other characters’, too. I especially liked how Ludmila’s story unfolded as the book went along.
Charlie wishes that his life had stayed simple and predictable as it always was. Faced with the challenges of autism and OCD, Charlie wishes that is ordinary life stayed the same. Now Charlie must take a road trip across the country with his siblings, babysitter, and grandma to visit his father in the hospital who will undergo brain surgery. A few years ago Charlie and his father came up with a list of birds to find. If Charlie can find these birds before he arrives at the hospital, maybe everything would be okay. Join Charlie on his adventure from California to Virginia and discover a wonderful family story. This book was an amazing book! It had a great story plot and I loved the different bird facts in the book. I highly recommend this book for ages ten and older. Rating- 5/5 stars
@readit12 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
A wonderful story with a timely plot and fine characters. Folks come into the story in unusual, but explainable ways and the novel unfolds with unexpected but heartfelt events. The best book I have read so far this year.
This lovely book kept me turning the pages the whole way through. Charlie, who struggles with OCD and falls on the autism spectrum, was so likeable and I found myself rooting for him page after page. I loved all of the bird facts and other facts peppered throughout the novel. Albeit a bit didactic at times, overall this book is a great next read for fans of realistic fiction.
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