A 2017 Lone Star…
A powerful coming-of-age story about the importance of finding your voice
Wayne Kovok lives in a world of After. After his uncle in the army was killed overseas. After Wayne and his mother survived a plane crash while coming back from the funeral. After he lost his voice.
Wayne has always used his love of facts to communicate (“Did you know more people die each year from shaking a vending machine than from shark attacks?”). Without his voice, how will he wow the prettiest girl in school? How will he stand up to his drill-sergeant grandfather? And how will he share his hopes with his deadbeat dad? It’s not until Wayne loses his voice completely that he realizes how much he doesn’t say.
Filled with Karen Harrington’s signature heart and humor, Mayday tackles an unforgettable journey of family and friendship.
I have always had a soft spot for books about kids with disabilities or diseases or temporary disabilities. Books like The Fault in Our Stars, Everything, Everything, and Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl. Mayday is like those, except his disability is temporary. Wayne Kovok cannot talk after he is in a plane crash, but he is also having trouble getting along with his dad and grandfather. Not only that, but Wayne doesn’t have any friends.
So the stage is set. We have a young kid trying to find his voice–figuratively and literally. It is a story of how he develops a relationship with the world, and how he learns to live with and own the cards he’s been dealt.
I really love Harrington’s take on how this kid is trying to deal with life. Most authors stick a child in a bullying situation, and over time the victim begins to speak up. Harrington finds a way to let readers connect with her character.
Where to read Mayday
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