Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on June 13th 2013
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This book is told by 11 year old Derek. Derek lives with his Mother while his father is in Afghanistan. His father has been in Afghanistan off and on for most of Derek’s life. Derek misses his father and they write back and forth – 91 letters are exchanged. Derek struggles at school with his peers and often gets into trouble as a result of his inability to deal with his emotions and frequent taunts from his peers. He also struggles with the fact that one close friend is cruel to him at school but nice to him in private when no one else is looking. He is told to be the “bigger person” as his Mother is somewhat blind to the bullying her son receives at school. Derek muddles through and learns that sometimes life is hard and you just have to do your best to navigate through it. This book was very well written and the characters well developed. I found my eyes tearing up several tims throughout the book. I read this book in two days. It was hard to put down. I highly recommend this book.