From Charlie's Point of View

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Can a Blind Teenager Solve the Case--and Save His Dad?
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This is the story of fourteen-year-old Charlie (who happens to be blind) and how he must prove his father is not the notorious Stocking Bandit who has been robbing banks. And yet, it is so much more: a celebration of friendship, sometimes thorny family relationships, school politics, and city characters. Throw in some funny/odd surprises on nearly every page (including illustrations of what Charlie actually sees--black pages) and you've got a winner.

The characters are quirky and real. There's Charlie, of course, plus his good friend Bernadette. The brash, annoying (but often entertaining) Lewis is part of the sleuthing team. Charlie and Bernadette know Uriah, a homeless man who suddenly has a little bit of cash. At school, Frank is a creepy bully and Rachel may have some interesting layers beneath her bimbo exterior. And then there's the oh-so-cool (and he knows it) teacher, Mr. Floyd, as well as Mr. Underglow III, Charlie's educational assistant. One character I particularly liked and wish I could have read more about is the mysterious and strong small fellow named Gideon (odd things happen when he's around).

If Charlie can't exonerate his dad (believed by the police to be the bank robber), not only will his father go to prison but Charlie will move away--and Bernadette cannot have that. The plot twists and turns in an exciting and unpredictable way.

I casually picked up this book one evening--and then I could not put it down until I finished it. It's that good. Just one question: Where has this author been all my life?

Highest recommendation.
TM
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Funny little book that is full of suprises
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This book was recommended to me by our middle school librarian. She had never read it but heard it was good. I started into it for the purpose of deciding whether or not to use it for a unit on mystery. Overall impression- very exciting writing for a junior fiction. All readers will appreciate the quick wit and compassion of all the characters!

Charlie, Bernie, and Lewis seek out to prove Charlie's dad is not the infamous Stocking Bandit. Oh- Charlie is blind and outwardly fearless. We meet a collage of creative characters in the book, introduced in sly ways. The end of the book features a debriefing with tells us where each of the characters end up, its really quite humorous. As an instructor of literature, I enjoyed the third person present tense that is used throughout. It is unique and forces a fast pace.

Readers will enjoy characters, social commentary, and a traditional mystery with an original hero. I have already bought my own copy!
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