What is happiness? #BookBytes 1


Standing on a beach

Sand beneath your feet

Swashing orange juice

Through your teeth

Dancing alone

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.

Joining Tulika Singh with her #BookBytes post

If you stumble upon a quote, a line (or two) or even a passage that leaps out at you demanding to be shared, do join in with #BookBytes. To know the rules, head over to Tulika’s post by clicking on the above link.


  1. Oh I love a book set in a familiar city. There’s a special kind of happiness in spotting the landmarks and imaging the protagonist was there.
    The poem is cute too. I agree with Charlie though, the ending could have been happier. Oh and I always thought it was boom-chika-boom.
    Thanks so much for joining in Anamika.


    1. I too always thought it is Boom-chika-boom. Infact I first read the line as boom chika boom and then on a second glance read it as it was. I enjoyed doing this post and I already have a funny paragraph from another children’s book for the next Book Bytes post 🙂

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  2. Such a cute ditty about happiness! True, happiness lies in the littlest of things, in the moments we live and breathe and yet we go looking for it in all the impossible places and people. 🙂


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