It's the start of winter, and Patrick is beginning to feel crowded out of his own family. His father's friend, Linda, and her seven-year-old daughter, Claire, are coming for dinner again. By the time spring arrives, not only is Patrick's father planning to marry Linda, but she and Claire will be coming to live with them at the summer's end. That just won’t do. So Patrick comes up with a big idea. He'll build a tree house where he can stretch out his arms and breathe. But wait. Will his father allow it? Where will he find the perfect tree? Who will give him a hand with the construction? And, most importantly, will his own tree house really be the hideaway he hopes for, especially from the irritating Claire?
As the autumn season arrives, Patrick discovers some surprising answers to these questions – and learns a little about the meaning of family.
Paperback, 96 pagesExpected publication: March 15th 2014 by Red Deer Press
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Let me start by saying that this is a children's book and I have far surpassed the target audience for this novel. With that in mind I can still see the merits of this read and the message behind the words.
This was a very easy read with only 74 pages. I would say it took me around 15-20 minutes to read as it is in large type.
Essentially to summarize this book it is about a young boy who must come to term with the fact that his family is growing after his father moves on to a new relationship after the death of his mother. It deals with his emotions and how he handles them when he learns that both the woman his dad wants to marry moves in to his house along with her daughter. It loosely touches on the guilt he has for not remembering certain things about his mother and the fact that he doesn't want to share his home or his family with anyone else.
This book has a good message about changing family dynamics, accepting change and moving on. The brilliant part of this book is that the audience will not really see that this is the underlying theme of the story. It is written with such innocence that the reader will be focused on the changing seasons and the building of the tree house. They will get the message nonetheless.
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