Skipper: Friend or Foe?: A Distracting Mystery within Life’s Traumatic Events by Kellie Sanchez – Book Review – RWYK Certified Great Read
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Skipper: Friend or Foe? by Kellie Sanchez is our latest Certified great Read!
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Michael is leading what seems to be a pretty normal life for a happy twelve-year-old boy—and then the unthinkable happens. His mother gets cancer. Michael’s dad takes a job out of town because the treatments are so costly. It is the only way they can afford her treatments. Suddenly, Michael is no longer a carefree kid but his mom’s caretaker. When a new friend convinces Michael to follow a mysterious adventure, Michael learns that it is not all up to him to take care of his mother. It is okay to have fun even through some of life’s toughest issues.
As an educator and mother, author Kellie Sanchez put her twenty years of experience working with children into writing Skipper: Friend or Foe? A Distracting Mystery within Life’s Traumatic Events. A coming-of-age mystery novel for preteens and teens, Skipper is notable for boys. Uniquely exploring a boy’s emotional viewpoint, Sanchez helps children who are going through tough times. Their feelings, whatever they are, are normal—and Michael shows them that.
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Their quest to solve the riddle over the summer holidays leads to a dead body of a grey cat surrounded by some animal hair, missing kittens of that cat, and some more clues that help them resolve this mystery. Will they find the Skipper? Is he a friendly dog as Michael had expected him to be or is he responsible for killing the cat?
The conclusion of the story is open ended, not revealing whether or not Mummy makes a full recovery. However the book ends on a happy note with everyone feeling less worried and happy. The story also acknowledges that this is a very difficult time for the children’s father – he has to cope with extra household and family duties and at the same time is worried about his wife. This is when Michael comes to his father’s rescue by helping in the household chores.
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