Title: Broken Bridges
Author: Roy Kindelberger
Genre: Children's middle-grade
Publisher: Black Rose Writing (August 21, 2013)
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?
I quite liked the book even though it is targeted to middle grade readers. I think most children/teenagers would identify with this. With Rey's mother gone and him being seemingly abandoned by his father too, to live with his grandparents, it is only natural that he would get into all kinds of trouble more to get attention. His run in with bullies and having to adjust to his grandparents draws a real life parallel.
Funny, sad and all in all a lovely story, I definitely recommend reading this book.
Roy was born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He loves sharing stories with his children and students. They are always looking out for a story, book, poem, or song that makes a difference in their lives.
Roy taught kindergarten for fifteen years. He now teaches second grade.
Roy lives with his wife, Laura and two wonderful children, Emily and Hailey in Bothell, Washington.
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