Book Review: Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park

How could someone like Mick die?

He was the kid who freaked out his mom by putting a ceramic eye in a defrosted chicken, the kid who did a wild dance in front of the whole school—and the kid who, if only he had worn his bicycle helmet, would still be alive today. But now Phoebe Harte’s twelve-year-old brother is gone, and Phoebe’s world has turned upside down.

With her trademark candor and compassion, beloved middle-grade writer Barbara Park tells how Phoebe copes with her painful loss in this story filled with sadness, humor—and hope. Chosen by “Publishers Weekly” as one of their Best Books of 1996. “A full-fledged and fully convincing drama.”—(Publishers Weekly)

My Thoughts

What a powerful message to send putting Mick’s name in the cement at the school. I found the story empowering. I think mostly because I have a boy and girl close in age. It made my heart wrench at the thought of the situation happening to them. Perceptions change and people make impacts in our lives. Mick was full of life and laughter and that’s how he was remembered. Quick easy read with an empowering message.

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