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ISBN: 0989908747     ISBN-13: 9780989908740
Publisher: Fish Out of Water Books
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: February 2018

Annotation: After a family tragedy, Gabe finds himself taking care of his grandfather who has Alzheimer's, a situation that is complicated when his Uncle Nick arrives.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
High school students; Fiction.
Alzheimer's disease; Fiction.
Grandparent and child; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2018029286
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" W x 0.50" (0.70 lbs) 215 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):
Frank Morelli has been a teacher, a coach, a bagel builder, a stock boy, a pretzel salesman, a bus driver, a postal employee, a JC Penney model (see: clerk), an actual clerk (like in the movie of the same name), a camp counselor, a roving sports reporter, and a nuclear physicist (okay, maybe that's not true). At heart, he's a writer, and that's all he's ever been. His fiction and essays have appeared in more than 30 publications, including Cobalt Review, Indiana Voice Journal, Jersey Devil Press, Philadelphia Stories, and The Saturday Evening Post. His sports themed column, Peanuts & Crackerjacks, appears monthly at Change Seven Magazine. He lives in High Point, North Carolina.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 February)

Gr 9 Up—A story of a young man's accelerated journey of self-discovery. Gabe LoScuda is an average teen. Not popular but not a loner either, he navigates high school with his mind on basketball practice, hanging out with his best friend John, and figuring out how to ask out the prettiest girl in school. When his parents take an overnight trip to Atlantic City to celebrate their wedding anniversary, what was meant to be one evening of caring for his grandfather, who has dementia, turns into forever. Gabe wakes to a phone call that changes his life completely, finding out that his parents have died in a car accident. He is meant to care for his grandfather, but this is a full-time job that he cannot manage on his own. When his uncle insists on helping, Gabe has no other choice than to accept the offer. His uncle proves to be an alcoholic unable to watch his grandfather and becomes another person Gabe has to look after. Morelli phenomenally portrays the teen's angst and struggles. Although the subject matter is heavy at times, the author uses humor to keep the story going. Readers will be engaged with this unique novel written with chapters that alternate with Gabe's essays and memories. VERDICT This coming-of-age tale is a must for any YA collection.—Davia Schmidt, Queens Public Library, NY

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