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I read this book because my 11 year old grandson has to read it for summer reading. My daughter sent it to my IPad so I could help him with his study questions. As a Language Arts teacher, I jumped at the chance. Especially since he's my boy! His teacher is brilliant to give this assignment. The book is rich with symbolism, descriptive language and very challenging. The story is about a 13 year old boy who throws a rock at "a crazy man who collects junk ". What happens as a result is magical. Redemption is the key word. The twists and turns come at a rapid pace and the end result is a masterpiece made from junk. It's impossible to get into the story because it has lots of sub themes. I highly recommend it to anyone who believes that beauty is inherent in anything if you look for it. There is a religious theme running throughout the story and it will soften even the hardest of hearts. Based on a real person, this book is for the young and mature as well. I read it in one night and it will stay with me for many many more to come. I marvel that this is being taught in 6th grade advanced classes. There is so much to take away from this story that I would love to observe how his teacher presents its depth.
This felt like the sort of book that could be so earnest and well intended that it would sink under its own weight. The first few chapters didn't exactly dispel my concern. But once it gets up and running we speed along, and the messages, such as they are, are leavened by humor and authentic human feeling. This ended as an upbeat, affirmative, and not at all preachy testament to spirit, focus and independence. An unusual but rewarding find.