Standing on a beach
Sand beneath your feet
Swashing orange juice
Through your teeth
In a crowded room
Free music playing
Boom chinga boom
Happiness is easy to find
But you can lose it in a moment
This is a poem by Martin Tompkins, the 13-year-old protagonist from the book Charlie and Me: 421 miles from home. Martin writes poems to express himself. Sometimes he writes absolutely wonderfully however some other times he is not that happy with the outcome like in this one. He gets upset because the last line made the poem end on a sad note because he rushed with it but his poem made a lot of sense to me. Happiness can really be found in the smallest of things and acts. And, of course, just one switch of thought can make it disappear. Many a time the life lessons make more sense courtesy the source they come from.
Charlie and Me: 421 miles from home has been the best middle-grade book I have read since the beginning of this year. There are many reasons why I liked this tale of 2 brothers who snuck out of their house to travel 421 miles from Preston to Cornwall hoping to see the dolphin that visits the harbour there.
One of the reasons is the story starts from the city I live in and I frequently walk down the Plungington street where the boys’ house is situated in the story. To add upon this, the author of the book grew up in Preston and it is fascinating to imagine he might have gone to the same school my son goes to at present. A detailed review of this book will be up on the blog this Friday.
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