Reviews for Brendan Buckley's Universe And Everything In It


School Library Journal Reviews 2009 April

Gr 4-6--Ten-year-old Brendan Buckley loves science, Tae Kwan Do, questions, and looking for answers. While visiting the local mall with his grandmother, the boy meets his estranged maternal grandfather, Ed, for the first time and begins to wonder about the rift between his mother and her father. Ed and Brendan are drawn together by a mutual interest in rock collecting and meet secretly. When Brendan's parents discover that the two are spending time together, they reveal that Ed is opposed to their biracial marriage (his mother is Caucasian and his father is African American). Brendan must come to grips with this information, how it affects his feelings towards his grandfather, and his own identity. Sundee T. Frazier's novel (Delacorte, 2007) is well-narrated by Mirron Willis who gives unique voices to all the intriguing characters. Listeners will be captivated.--Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT

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