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Stoddart Kids 184p. c2001. 0-7737-6227-2. $7.95. J

Poor Alex: his mother, a phone psychic, hasn't left her bed in 12 years and has grown to 400 pounds. He doesn't have many friends, and he doesn't invite people home or tell them much about his life. Alex's father disappeared at the same time his mother took to her bed and hasn't been seen or heard from since. Alex spends most of his free time searching for his father over the Internet, without much success. He joins up with a pilot to investigate a plane crash that happened 12 years ago in which a young girl was killed. His uncle seems to be involved somehow, but talking to him only reveals that he is just a strange as Alex's mom. Alex eventually finds his father in a colony of weird "bouncing men," who bounce on trampolines looking for a spiritual something, and discovers the young girl was his sister.

This story sounds complicated but it isn't: I recommend it to anyone who feels like his or her life is awful. Alex will give a new perspective. Boys who feel alone might be able to relate to this novel. Stacey Conrad, M.S. Reading Teacher, Palmyra, MO
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Date:Nov 1, 2002
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