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Kevin Tobin is a relatively ordinary 12-year-old dealing with the aftermath of his father's death in a mountain biking accident near their home in Boulder, Colorado. To escape from his emotional turmoil, Kevin has developed his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonizes his sister through his superhero antics on an average Wednesday morning, his ability to escape inside a character's head become critical to his survival after his life is once-again turned upside down a year after ...
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Kevin Tobin is a relatively ordinary 12-year-old dealing with the aftermath of his father's death in a mountain biking accident near their home in Boulder, Colorado. To escape from his emotional turmoil, Kevin has developed his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonizes his sister through his superhero antics on an average Wednesday morning, his ability to escape inside a character's head become critical to his survival after his life is once-again turned upside down a year after his father's death. A mysterious package arrives in the mail, Kevin and his best friend are hunted down by a ruthless villain set upon world domination, and after enlisting Kevin's teenage sister and her pizza-delivery boyfriend in a battle for control over time itself, the secret of Kevin's whole existence is revealed to him by a source we never expected. Del Shannon's imaginative story, appreciation for the powers of family and the desire of young boys to both escape reality and prove themselves within it, and fast-paced, adventure-filled storytelling style make this a book with wide appeal for readers of all ages.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780615401232
  • Publisher: Flatiron View Books
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Pages: 402
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    I can't believe it took me so long to pick up this book. Kevin

    I can't believe it took me so long to pick up this book. Kevin's Point of View overstepped my expectations and simply blew me away. This is one book I will surely read to my kid brother, my son and even my future husband (who is in-touch with his inner child).

    Kevin's Point of View is about Kevin, a very creative 12-year-old boy who's father recently passed away. Because of the pain and hardships he faced during the time of his fathers death. Kevin develops an imaginary way to overcome them. He some how turns himself and everyone around him into cartoon and fictional characters to get through hardships and literal bumps in the road. Now, all that sounds pretty dramatic and serious but it isn't what it sounds like. This book is full of fun and adventures which all starts when Kevin is sent a mysterious package that takes him on that roller coaster ride of adventures.

    I really enjoyed this book. The writing style of Del Shannon was so smooth and straight to the point, it's hard not to enjoy a book this free flowing. The characters in the book are all great. My favorite would be the down-to-earth pizza dude, Scratch. Who made me laugh so many times I couldn't help but declare him my favorite.

    The plot of the book had so much depth, it actually surprised me. To be honest, when I started reading this book, I didn't remember what Kevin's point of view was really about (aside from the fact that Kevin was the protagonist). So yet again, I blindly went through the book thinking that it was a compilation of different types of adventures Kevin has gone through. But it's not. It is one BIG adventure that began roughly and full of excitement and ended with tears and happy endings.

    Kevin's Point of View blew me away with its originality, vibrance and fun. An awesome book great for kids, pre-teens, young adults and everyone else who'd like to go embark on a cute adventure with Kevin and his best bud, Tony.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    An amazing read for all ages. Kevin immediately pulls you into h

    An amazing read for all ages. Kevin immediately pulls you into his world and you never want to leave. Highly recommended!

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  • Posted August 4, 2012

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    Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an

    Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

    I breezed through this action-packed, humorous, yet in the end, compelling and completely satisfying novel and think that all readers, not just the middle-grade audience, will be able to enjoy it. Kevin's Point of View revolves around 12-year-old Kevin and his best friend, Tony, who by coincidence, or perhaps by fate, become involved in a lethal chase for the obscure, yet all-powerful Influxitron. They embark on a whirlwind of an adventure, aiming to both escape the villains after the strange device and ultimately, after Kevin and Tony's lives, as well as figure out how exactly it works and how it can help them.

    The basis of the storyline is pretty morbid. Kevin, who's perfectly intelligent and competent a boy, has been plagued by hallucinations ever since the passing of his father a year ago. One might think he's just acting immaturely for his age, but we soon figure out why he zones out every once in a while, which shows just how deep and self-aware a character Kevin is.

    When the power of time travel, the Influxitron, falls into his hands, he flirts with an idea, something he know can only remain an idea, but something he will, with the help of his imagination and friends, die trying to attempt. There's one catch though: someone else is after the Influxitron, and they just might be even more desperate than Kevin is... desperate enough to kill.

    While a story that encompasses a sixth grader as a protagonist might be expected to target a younger audience (ages 7-11), I think a slightly older range of kids will enjoy this one too, thanks to Shannon's relatively sophisticated voice and the book's more mature themes, including the death of a parent, the line between mental illness and imagination, death threats, and some potentially frightening combat scenes. So I would recommend this maybe even to children up to the age of 13. Then there are readers like me (aka readers who will forever be children), who will appreciate Kevin's Point of View no matter the age restriction because of its fast pace and suspense, its subtle and often not-so-subtle humor, as well as its ultimately touching moral.

    Even though I enjoyed this book, it's not one I personally can rave on and on about. For me, the reason it doesn't stick is because it lacks characterization. Kevin's mind is deeply probed, and he became a character I really liked, but the supporting characters, I would liked to have seen more from. Kevin's Point of View is a fun, fast read, with a vigor and rush that many children's books struggle to embrace, but all in all, it didn't have enough substance for me.

    But is it a children's novel I suggest? Absolutely. Sit down with this one — you won't regret it! Another thing I love is the ending. Usually kiddie story happy endings can be annoying, a little too ideal, but this one was appropriate for its predicament. The little conflicts that are brought up in the midst of the book all tied together in the end perfectly, which is very creative and cunning on Shannon's part. If you or your child are looking for an easy, comical read about a troubled, but determined boy who gets mixed up in a wild journey in which he wreaks all sorts of havoc, but also finds his true calling, check out Kevin's Point of View; I guarantee you'll be in for a thrill.

    Radical Rating: 8 hearts - An engaging read; highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

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    Kevin's Point of View is so full of imagination and creativity t

    Kevin's Point of View is so full of imagination and creativity that I couldn't pull myself away from this book. The main character in this great book is Kevin of course and this little boy is fighting against his reality, fighting so hard that he comes up with all these wild stories to make it all okay in his mind.

    I really enjoyed going on the crazy ride in this book. I will say this though it starts out a bit slow for my liking. This story is a great mixture of reality and imagination. I did see the end way before it came, but its meant for younger readers so hopefully they wont see it coming as much as I did.

    I really liked how the main thoughts and meanings to this story are easy enough for the younger children to understand and that is always a good thing in a children's books.

    My favorite character would have to be the sarcastic friend Tony! I love how funny he is in this book. I also loved reading the friendship between Kevin and Tony. Very strong and loyal both of these two are to each other. I really enjoy reading about friendships like this one.

    Altogether it was a great read and would recommend it to any young person wanting to read a good chapter book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

    Live To Read

    The summary is completely correct when it says that this book will appeal to all ages. This book is especially perfect for those hard-to-get-to-read middle grade boys. Kevin is easy to connect to and like. He has a sweet, inquisitive temperament that makes the reader like him instantly. He has recently suffered through his father's death and took it hard. In an attempt to create order in his life, he withdraws into himself and lets his imagination take over. When a strange package appears, Kevin knows that something strange and perhaps deadly is going on. He recruits his sister and her boyfriend to help him find out the truth behind the box and what to do about it.



    This story is fast-paced and hard to put down. The reader will want to know what is going to happen to Kevin and his friends and sister right away, the antagonist always seems right around the corner. There is a little something for every reader: mystery, adventure, humor, action, etc... There are several unexpected parts in this book, the reader can look forward to a book that isn't entirely predictable. The author's writing style is fun to read, infused with humor. The book can be a little strange in parts, but that fits in with someone else's imagination. This book is recommended to middle grade readers especially, but anyone who is young at heart may enjoy this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2011

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    What a fun ride!

    A wonderful and fast paced book. Aimed for a middle grader target audience. This book was a rollercoaster ride full of twists and turns. The end (which I will not reveal) was unexpected. I think most 10-14 year old boys will relate to Kevin. I just love his imagination!
    I recommend this book for all kids that like sci-fi, humor and wild crazy adventures.
    I want to thank Del Shannon for allowing me to read and review this book. Please, let there be more adventures for Kevin!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    A Delightful, Fun, Imaginative Read!

    More like 4.5 Stars!

    When author Del Shannon approached me to review his book, I was immediately drawn to the book's synopsis. Kevin's imagination filled world and aching grief pulled at my heart and I just knew this would be a story worth reading. And I was right. Kevin's Point of View is a fun, fast paced, exciting story with a lot of imagination and a lot of heart.

    This book is so many things. It's a face paced, action packed adventure. It's an imaginative and creative fantasy with sci-fi elements. And, it's an honest and sensitive emotional look at a young boy's grief. Together, these three facets blend and intertwine producing a really fun, delightful and touching read.

    Kevin is one of those characters that you just can't help but like. He's funny, clever, incredibly imaginative, and honestly observant. He is also very self aware. He knows that he isn't dealing with his father's death very well and understands that his imaginative escape isn't real, and he isn't ashamed to admit these truths. The effects of his father's death are palpable, and Kevin's pain and longing jumped off the page and straight into my heart. I found myself wanting to reach right back through the pages and hug him. But at the same time, I found myself enjoying his fantasies immensely. The way he could change from being simply Kevin to being Captain Disaster or Marine Boy or some other character so quickly and effectively was spellbinding to read.

    Tony is a great sidekick of sorts; he's sarcastically funny, a little dramatic, but very loyal. The friendship between these two young boys feels genuine and realistic. They squabble and snap at each other, but at the end of they day they have each other's backs. I really loved the way they interacted with one another. The main baddie, Devin, is perfectly villainous. He adds a great spark of danger and darkness.

    The adventure Kevin and Tony embark on is full of thrilling excitement and gasp worthy surprises. Along the way, Shannon fills this journey with laugh out loud exchanges between Kevin and Tony, intense moments of peril, and a few touching confessions. I was completely and easily swept away into this adventure and found myself quickly turning pages, breathless to see what happened next.and something unexpected or exciting always happened next.

    The other journey in this book, the emotional one, was obviously written with a great deal of care, thought, and subtlety. And Kevin's pain isn't the only pain explored. Shannon weaves the emotional pain of other characters-Mrs. Tobin, Betsy Tobin, and even the villain Devin-carefully and delicately throughout the book.

    The idea of the mysterious device, the Influxitron, a unique time machine of sorts, is brilliant and highly original. The significance that this time machine has for so many characters is incredibly moving and insightful.

    The ending of this book took me on quite the ride.a very literal ride too! There were some fun and jaw dropping twists and turns that simply delighted and me.

    I also want to briefly mention the design of the paperback because it's really adorable. The cover is hilarious and depicts one of the funniest scenes in the book. I also really loved all the adorable doodles throughout the book; they gave the book a real whimsical feel.

    MY FINAL THOUGHTS: This book is awesome! Kevin's Point of View is a really fun, witty, engaging read that left me both happy and thoughtful. It has plenty of thrills, action, and

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

    A good read for any middle grader Honestly, it took me almost h

    A good read for any middle grader

    Honestly, it took me almost half of the book to become completely engaged in the story. My only beef was that the first half felt long. However, once I got through the first half, I found myself anxiously turning the pages to see what would happen next. The main character, Kevin, is either the kind of character that you will love, or that will get on your nerves. I tried to view him from a child's eyes, and in doing that I enjoyed the story more. Kevin is crazy and imaginative! He does things before he completely thinks them through, as is true of most kids. This story takes you on a roller coaster ride of adventure! The ending you will probably never guess, and to me, that is a sign of a great book! A job well done to Del Shannon, Kevin's Point of View is a book unlike any other. Three and a half stars out of five.

    I received this book for free. This is my honest review.

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