Rave Reviews Log: Realistic Fiction

November 18, 2008

Bird Lake Moon

By Kevin Henkes
Rating: 4 stars

In this well-written story, Mitch is living at Bird Lake with his grandparents and mother after his parents seperate. But the little house is feeling overcrowded, and Mitch wishes he and his mother could move into the seemingly abandoned house next door. But then a family arrives and moves in. Mitch cares nothing for the boy and girl in the family; instead he starts to plan little things he can do to make them think the house is haunted, things that might drive them away. Little does he know that they have their own tragedy--a boy who drowned in the lake when he was just four years old. Spencer even starts to believe the ghost of his brother is present. But then things go too far when Mitch is responsible for the family's dog running away and he knows he has to set things right. And as the two boys become friends, they begin to grow up a little more and learn how to get past their troubles. It is a tale of two boys coming to grips with their own emotions and starting to look at the grown ups in their lives as real people with their own feelings and motivations. A heartfelt story.


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