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Bernie Bolton is at it again! This time to save her brother's life.
Bernie Bolton was only a few short days from turning ten when disaster struck! As she baby-sat her stepbrother, Kirby, the worst possible thing happened. Worse even than getting Miss Boggs for fourth grade! As Kirby climbed a tree, and tried to touch the sky from the very highest branch -- he fell! Afterwards he was in a deep sleep the doctors called "a coma". Bernie tried everything to wake him, from prayers, which she wasn't very good at, to intimidation, which she was, to loud Elvis music and peanut butter. Nothing worked, until Emmy suggested visiting Mr. Ralston. He was the oldest person in the neighborhood. His house was old, and cluttered, and kind of creepy... and it smelled like fish, lots of old stinky fish. It was also full of cats...everywhere. But Mr. Ralston made wonderful cookies, and had a mysterious, secret box, which he opened for the girls after telling them a story from his childhood. A story filled with wonder and a little magic... the kind that might wake Kirby from his long sleep.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Told with language understandable to the intended target audience of 8 to 12 year olds. This look into a ten year-old's mind shows how determined a child can be, and appeals to older children and adults as well. Bernie proves to be the hero in this wonderful story that searches for a cure for her brother's accident. Exploring the subjects of responsibility, love, and family...Bernie takes the reader on an unforgettable journey. The characters are totally believable, and even the little bit of magic is believable. A fantasy with a real ending!!