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Kevin's Point of View by Del Shannon

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
To escape the emotional turmoil of his father’s death 12-year-old Kevin Tobin has retreated inside himself, developing his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonizes everyone with his superhero antics, his ability to escape inside himself becomes critical to his survival after his life is once-again turned upside down a year after his father’s death. When a mysterious package arrives in the mail, Kevin and his best friend are hunted by a ruthless villain who is determined to retrieve the package, which holds the key to his plans for world domination. After enlisting Kevin’s teenage sister and her pizza-delivery boyfriend in a battle for control over time itself, the group escapes into the mountains west of Boulder, Colorado and eventually discover that Kevin’s entire existence is because of the love of someone we never expected.

Kevin's Point of View is Del Shannon's debut novel and shows a deep appreciation for the powers of imagination, family ties, and the desire of young boys to both escape reality and prove themselves within it. The fast-paced, adventure-filled storytelling style makes this a book with wide appeal for readers of all ages.

Goodreads Summary

The summary is completely correct when it says that this book will appeal to all ages.  This book is especially perfect for those hard-to-get-to-read middle grade boys.  Kevin is easy to connect to and like.  He has a sweet, inquisitive temperament that makes the reader like him instantly.  He has recently suffered through his father's death and took it hard.  In an attempt to create order in his life, he withdraws into himself and lets his imagination take over.  When a strange package appears, Kevin knows that something strange and perhaps deadly is going on. He recruits his sister and her boyfriend to help him find out the truth behind the box and what to do about it. 

This story is fast-paced and hard to put down.  The reader will want to know what is going to happen to Kevin and his friends and sister right away, the antagonist always seems right around the corner.  There is a little something for every reader: mystery, adventure, humor, action, etc...  There are several unexpected parts in this book, the reader can look forward to a book that isn't entirely predictable.  The author's writing style is fun to read, infused with humor.  The book can be a little strange in parts, but that fits in with someone else's imagination.  This book is recommended to middle grade readers especially, but anyone who is young at heart may enjoy this book.

4 Stars

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