Really and Truly

 
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Really and Truly
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Release Date
August 14, 2012
ISBN
1926973402
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With tenderness, sensitivity, and humor, Really and Truly explores the effect that dementia has on a young boy named Charlie and his family.

Charlie is very close to his grandfather, who loves to tell fanciful stories about pirates, witches, and gnomes that amuse Charlie to no end. But lately, Charlie's grandpa doesn't have any new stories to tell — in fact, some days grandpa doesn't even recognize Charlie. A disease has stolen grandpa's memories, his appetite, and even his smile.

Charlie wants so much to make his grandpa smile again that he comes up with a plan to tell him stories — the same ones that grandpa used to tell Charlie to make him laugh! Without shying away from the inevitable heartache that comes from watching loved ones suffer, Really and Truly is a spirited book for young readers struggling to remain optimistic during troubling times.

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I love this book to pieces. I nearly cried as I read it. It's *that* amazing. Charlie's grandpa told him one amazing story after another when Charlie was little (A pirate lives in the attic! A gnome lives in the basement!), but now his grandpa doesn't recognize him or talk to him anymore because a terrible disease has eaten up his memories. Charlie decides to start telling some of his grandpa's fabulous stories back to him in an effort to get him to smile, eat his dinner, and interact with his family, even if he isn't sure who they are. It works, and so Charlie keeps telling stories.

This is heart-warming, heart-breaking, and so, so relevant to children who are dealing with the difficulty of losing a beloved relative to this terrible disease. I highly recommend it.
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