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Mayday Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-03-31 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 24 user ratings
ISBN:0316298034
LANGUAGE:English

"A wonderful coming of age story about a boy named Wayne. (I rarely get to read a book about a boy's coming of age.) Wayne's uncle Reed has died and that is a great loss for his family. Reed was his mother's brother and his Grandpa's favorite person. A few years back, Wayne's unappealing dad left and started a new family. Reed had been serving as Wayne's father figure. Wayne loves reciting facts and making them fit into his life situations. He also likes to study and gather data. These ways of both learning and coping turn out to be charming in the story and the information rounds out the narrative to a whole new level. I enjoyed the tidbits divulged in this way. Wayne is in an accident where he loses his voice. As he regains his physical voice he forms his voice for the world: to make a close friend, to communicate with a girlfriend, to strengthen his relationship with his terminal Grandpa, to be assertive with his tough dad (Flee), to be there for his mother, and to accept the loss of an object that has vanished forever. Wayne is able to put his accident (a bad thing) into the position that it generated some pretty great things for him down the line. That is the best lesson of all!" said.

"You know that awkward moment when you're with someone and have no idea what to say, so the silence just kind of sttrrreeeeetches out? Wayne used to have the perfect solution: fill all those awkward moments with an endless store of fascinating facts. But that was before. Now Wayne is living in the after—after his uncle dies in combat, after he and his mother get in a plane crash coming back from the funeral, and after Wayne loses his voice. Wayne's voice will eventually heal, but in the meantime he's left figuring out how to function in his strange new world without being able to speak.

I loved this book. It's an excellent middle-grade read with a perfect balance between serious, weighty issues (death of a family member, healing from an accident, a difficult relationship with a parent) and just real-life silliness (weird facts, an awkward pseudo-girlfriend, a nerdy new friend, making up games while having out at the mall).
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" I finished this book early in the morning and there was no one to turn to and say "Read this! Right now!" Or at least no one awake. It was almost worth waking sound sleepers to change their life. Get this book. Read it. Buy tisues. LOTS of tissues. Prepare for awe. " said.

" This book was very heartwarming and talk great values and morals. Especially to stick up for yourself and others. The storyline made me smile so many times and laugh! It was an exceptional book! " said.

" I could not put this book down! Reading from middle schooler Wayne's POV was brilliant and quirky and refreshing. I also really enjoyed Wayne's endless amount of facts that were sprinkled throughout the story, I learned things I didn't know. The resilience of this character is heart warming and inspiring. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Karen Harrington. " said.

" 3.8 Stars Surprisingly poignant and touching...about so much more than just a boy trying to find his authentic voice and his cantankerous grandpa who helps him find it. Expect the unexpected and your eyes cannot help but swell with tears. " said.

"Mayday is heartfelt, disastrous, and easy to read for anyone from 5th-8th grade. Wayne is having the worst year a kid could possibly have... his uncle died in the war, his plane goes down and loses his uncle's military burial flag, he has lost his voice, he's got a giant l- shaped scar in his face, his grandpa has moved in, and his dad is a deadbeat! That is a lot to take in a short amount of time, but Wayne muddles through and finds a new friend and a loving Grandpa who help him through the hard times." said.

" I loved this book! While it is classified as juvenile lit, I found it quite enjoyable even though I am long passed my "juvenile" stage. It is so easy to relate to the young boy as he deals with the normal issues of growing up and wanting to fit in, surviving a plane crash but losing both his voice and the burial flag of his uncle, and family relationships. And having part of the story take place in my hometown of Jefferson, TX makes it that much more special. " said.

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