Down the Memory Hole

Down the Memory Hole

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by Bonnie Turner
     
 

His summer vacation is ruined when 12-year-old Buzz Collins shares his room and emotional space with his grandfather, who has Alzheimer’s disease, and his parents forbid him to associate with his best friend, Mitch. The thought of giving up his friendship is bad enough. But how can he relate to someone who forgets his grandson’s name, wears adult diapers,…  See more details below

Overview

His summer vacation is ruined when 12-year-old Buzz Collins shares his room and emotional space with his grandfather, who has Alzheimer’s disease, and his parents forbid him to associate with his best friend, Mitch. The thought of giving up his friendship is bad enough. But how can he relate to someone who forgets his grandson’s name, wears adult diapers, and thinks dog biscuits are people cookies—someone who could die in the night and scare Buzz right out of puberty.

Buzz thinks Alzheimer’s is caused by a traumatic event, such as the train accident that killed Grandpa’s brother Barkley in childhood. The situation turns deadly when Buzz and Mitch—whose friendship Buzz refuses to end—attempt to cure Grandpa of Alzheimer’s disease by recreating the train accident on a hot summer day. (Ages 12-14/YA)

Editorial Reviews

Ian Ruxton
This is a story beautifully told and without false sentimentality which would ruin it. Excellent!
Matthew Blevins
Using believable characters, the author leads us through a variety of emotions and insights about the human condition.
Sherri Anderson
Very good perspective of the strain of Alzheimers on the family, the teenagers in the home and their relationship to the AZ victim vs balance.
John Albrecht Jr.
Who says grandpa sitting is easy?
Twelve year old Buzz Collins thought so, but he was wrong. Grandpa Collins, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease was going to be sharing a room with Buzz for the summer. Buzz really didn't like the idea of this at first. He found grandpa quite annoying....
Buzz wanted to cure his grandpa's Alzheimer's...he had an idea.

I read this book in one sitting. It seemed as if the pages were turning themselves.
Sherry Chaudoir
This is the most heart-warming book I have read.

This one is a tear-jerker, as I found myself emotionally engrossed, staying up all night long to read the book in one sitting. I just couldn't put it down.

This book realistically exemplifies what happens to many people as they age, and the life and love and letting go that families go through together.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good heart-warming family story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411623163
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Pages:
146
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

From Bonnie Turner's early interest in huskies, dogsleds, and the Inuit culture came her first book for children, The Haunted Igloo (Houghton Mifflin, 1991). After the book was published, she visited classrooms with a life-size Inuit doll, lecturing students on the importance of reading and writing and passing out 'polar bear' hugs along with her autograph. Her favorite fan letter: "Mrs. Turner, I'll give you a million dollars for that book!"

Born and raised in Independence and Kansas City, Missouri, Bonnie Turner was transplanted to Wisconsin in 1984. She is a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother. Among her favorite pets are a Siberian husky dog named Oniktok (Tokka is in husky heaven now) and a feisty tortoiseshell cat named Jazzy, who creates more mischief than a bull in a china shop.

Children's books by Bonnie Turner:

The Haunted Igloo, Spirit Lights, Down the Memory Hole, Footprints in Time: A Walk in Sacajawea's Moccasins, Bridges Ahead.

Adult books:

Drum Dance and Face the Winter Naked, both historical novels.

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Down the Memory Hole 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Twelve year old Buzz Collins thought so, but he was wrong. Everything started when Buzz's grandpa, Baxter Collins moved in. Grandpa Collins, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease was going to be sharing a room with Buzz for the summer. Buzz really didn't like the idea of this at first. He found grandpa quite annoying. Grandpa seemed to go off into his own little world at times, or as Buzz would say, 'driving away in the Alzheimer'. Every night, grandpa would count aimlessly until he fell asleep '4...7...2...'. Buzz wanted to cure his grandpa's Alzheimer's... he had an idea.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Down The Memory Hole a wonderful, funny, and sometimes terribly sad tale about a boy and his grandfather and the changes they both go through. I throughly enjoyed reading this book and didn't want to stop reading it. I only wish it had been longer, I was very engrossed in the story and felt as if I were there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This story sure brought out my emotions; I have not had a good cry like this in a long time. The love and anguish that a family experiences in dealing with Alzheimers is portrayed so realistically. Everyone should read this book. It teaches a great lesson of love and appreciation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm reminded of the movie Stand By Me, where spirited youths yearn for maturity. Simultaneously, a seasoned adult grows more childlike as the result of a degenerative disease that brings both together with innocence and humor. The author has definitely captured the essence of humanity in this vivid portrayal of diverse emotions.