Broken Bridges

Broken Bridges

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Twelve-year-old Rey is sent to an old rundown steel town near Pittsburgh, where he has to deal with his aging grandparents, isolated dad, missing mom, bullies, broken bridges, and horseradish sauce. While Rey sits on an airplane bound for Pittsburgh, he clutches a crumpled note. It's been forty-one days since his mom left-no words since. Rey's dad is sending him to Pittsburgh for the summer to stay with his grandparents, so his dad can pull his life together. Rey feels so alone. Somehow Rey has to find himself. He's timid, unsure, yet has to make choices. These choices lead Rey to become more confident, as he makes the transition into his teenage years. Rey arrives in the middle of a heat wave. He quickly runs into trouble with some bullies and is in several difficult situations. Rey hangs out with his friend, Jason and discovers a mentor in his grandfather-bonds which are all put to the test when his grandfather becomes extremely sick and Rey has a final confrontation with the bullies. And then there are his parents. Will things ever return to normal?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 195g
  • English
  • First Printing.
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1612962424
  • 9781612962429
  • 3,544,765

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10 ratings
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4 20% (2)
3 20% (2)
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I am pleased to be able to tell you about a new, clean young adult book that is written by another great Pacific Northwest author. The book is short, easy to read, and completely appropriate (no profanity and no sex) for the younger audience. This will resonate with boys especially (it is a first person narrative by a boy), and I believe the girls will like it, too. I had one issue that truly did bother me (especially in light of the young adult audience). There is a scene in which boys are stealing items. While some consequences do occur, I wish it had been handled differently. Maybe I'm wrong and all young people shoplift at some point. Maybe it's a rite of passage, but if it is, it is illegal and one I certainly bypassed. I applaud the author for dealing with all sorts of young adult issues such as separation, aging grandparents, and death. This is a short book that covers a young boy's summer, and it definitely has its colossal moments. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.show more
by Ruth Hill
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