By S. L. LaNeve
263 pages – ages 9+
Published by My Climbing Tree, LLC on January 4, 2012
11-year-old Spanky has been trying hard to make his Dad (a member of the military who was sent to fight in Afghanistan) proud. Spanky wants more than anything to be a hero like his dad. But it’s hard being a new kid in school with a Mom who is depressed and barely gets up in the morning each day. Spanky can’t be a hero when he is being bullied at school all of the time by Mack Malone. It doesn’t help that whenever he has a chance to prove that he’s a hero, he keeps freezing with fear. Like when his teacher needs CPR, a thing Spanky knows how to do, he freezes and his best friend has to do it. Spanky wants to be like his dad, but it’s hard when you’re only a kid that has to deal with a lot.
This is a great book about a kid with an Army parent. I like how it covers other subjects, like dealing with depression and bullying, too, put in an older-kid(9+)-understandable-sort-of-way. It was written really well for that age. The writing style is very good and realistic for me. I thought “Spanky” was a very moving story. Spanky is a normal kid who goes through a lot in a few days. He is a character that I really cared for. I wish that there were more books like “Spanky”.
I first read about Spanky on Sue Morris’ blog Kid Kit Reviews. Check out Ms. Morris’ review HERE.
You can find Ms. LaNeve’s book on Amazon HERE.