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Children's LiteratureThis book is part of the "Chomps" division of the "Bigger Bites for Bigger Readers" series. It is a fast-paced story intended for early, independent chapter book readers. A twelve-year-old boy appears in the Scottish countryside several hundred years ago, lost and suffering from amnesia. A farmer and his wife take him in but their protection runs out when they grow old and die. The boy, whom they have named Daniel, is still twelve years old. He has discovered that he is sometimes able to improve his situation by changing people's thoughts. But he appears bound to the fate of living forever as a 12-year-old. He lives through many adventures, moving on when people become suspicious. In modern times, he arrives at the home of a woman and her daughter and makes an effort to stay as long as he can. In this family he learns the lesson of not interfering with other's thoughts and the value of being liked for himself. One night, he dreams that aliens are coming to reclaim him. They explain his origins on another planet and how he came to be left on Earth for so long. When they come for him, Daniel asks to stay on Earth. When his request is granted, he is released from his eternal youth and begins to grow up. This is an interesting look at the almost-universal desire to stay young forever, the problems inherent with such wish fulfillment, and the great variety in the human condition that makes us all unique but can also make us feel alienated and different. The plot and life lessons are delivered with a light touch and I recommend this book to this age group. It would also be valuable in a classroom curriculum that addresses differences in people, tolerance, and the importance of being thoughtfulabout the changes for which you wish. 2006 (orig. 2003), Running Press Kids/Running Press Book Publishers, Ages 8 to 12.