Mick Harte Was Here
This book even though I read it when I was in fith grade has still left me with a feeling of overwhelming sadness. The book is told by the sister of a boy who gets killed when riding his bike home. It deals with the guilt the sister feels because she thinks that if she had taken his bike home he wouldn't have died. The story undergoes the emotional turmoil that many families suffer when a child is unjudstly lost but also portrays the faith and determination that accompanies it. Ms.Park portrays coming to terms with death through the eyes of child and I was deeply moved when she had the sister go to elemantary schools and give talks about bike saftey and the importance of helmets which could have been the difference between life or death for her brother.
Park's story about the tragic bike accident of a young boy is a different literary experience from what grade-schoolers are used to. Its very sad, but is a worthwhile read as every child must have an understanding of death as a part of life. When I read the book in fifth grade, it made me cry. But as a result, I still remember it clearly a decade later. Park does a great job of telling a tragic story from a child's point of view so that, likewise, a child can relate to it.