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Kids Fiction 27403
The sick, sad life of Carl Matt
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Reader reviewed by Katie














Bridge To Wiseman’s Cove is such an emotional and impressive novel. It takes the reader through stages of a young teenager’s life. Several emotions are expressed throughout the whole novel. His life is weird, full of sadness, happiness and even makes you sick from the way he gets treated by other kids at school and by his own aunt. You could even say he has a sick, sad life. It’s an excellent book, which can reflect other teenager’s lives.

A 15-year-old boy is sent to live with his aunt, along with his younger brother Harley. Their aunt is a mean woman who has no care or respect for anyone else. His life sucks, he loves a girl but she has a boyfriend, he is a loser, he has a broken family, the list goes on forever. Their aunt lives at Wattle Beach. Carl falls in love with a beautiful girl called Maddie. She has long blonde hair and has a slim figure; the only problem is she has a boyfriend!
School comes around and he has to travel on the bus to get there. He is forced to sit up the front because of the fact he is a new kid. Not long after being in school his Aunt Beryl informs him that he has to quit school and get a job to pay for his and Harley’s needs.
One day Carl knocks a lady over and she drops all of her stuff. He apologises and they get to know each other. She asks him if he has nothing to do then he can come and help her make a cage for the osprey. Joy, the lady he bumped into, offers him a job on her husband’s Barge. He accepts but soon after telling him his name they kick him out because of past family problems.
Later on Justine holds a pizza party on behalf of Maddie’s leaving. They all sit down to watch a movie and Carl and Justine sit next to each other. Further into the movie they hold hands. A steamy romance begins.
Carl and Joy are requested for at the police station. Carl is asked to observe a book of deceased people to try and identify his mother because the policeman believes she is one of the victims in a bus crash. While flicking through he discovers a page with a picture of his mother on it. Although he doesn’t inform the policeman. He bottles up his feelings for a long time.
Aunt Beryl decides to move away with her boyfriend Bruce. Therefore Carl and Harley move in with Skip and Joy Duncan.

The main characters are:
Carl-a friendly 15-year-old boy who is slightly chubby. Very kind hearted and caring. He has a terrible life but it eventually improves.
Harley-Carl’s younger brother, friendly and quiet.
Maddie-the pretty blonde girl whom Carl first has a crush on.
Justine-a really nice girl who eventually ends up dating Carl. One of Maddie’s friends.
Beryl-a mean woman who is forced to look after Carl and Harley but ends up deserting them for her boyfriend.
Joy-a nice lady who is really friendly and looks after Carl and Harley
This novel is set at a place called Wattle Beach. It’s in the Summer time. It has a long beach where all the cool kids hang out. Other parts in the novel are the surf club, the barge, school and the police station.
My favourite part of the book is where Carl finds out exactly what has happened to his mum. It’s so emotional and sad. It even brought tears to my eyes. It’s like a big twist in the book because you didn’t see it coning.
I think James Moloney’s choice of words in this novel is excellent. They’re so drawing, you feel like you’re in the novel at that place. The words explain every little detail throughout the book. The way Mr Moloney has used and set the words is very good.

My personal opinion of this book is that it is really good. I encourage all other teenagers to read this book because I believe a lot could relate to it. It’s an exciting book which when you start reading you can’t put it down. I’d rate it a 9 out of 10. Great book!!!

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