Robert stands watching the demolition of the old paper mill that stood in the center of town and served as a constant reminder of his friend, Nathan. The reader is transported from present day to 1970s Maine, where Robbie finds his friendship with Nathan a literal escape from the bullying at school, and a figurative way of coping with his brother’s struggle with muscular dystrophy. The portrayal of family dynamics in the wake of tragedy is reminiscent of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng but with an anchoring of boyhood friendship in this coming of age tale.
I’d recommend keeping a box of tissues handy as you’re reading this one!
For more titles recommended by librarians around the country, check out this month’s LibraryReads list.
Look for Setting Free the Kites on February 21st, or place your hold now!
Did I get you thinking about our next One Book, One Kirkwood author visit? Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00pm. We’ll be hosting a special visit with Ariel Lawhon, author of Flight of Dreams at the Kirkwood Community Center!