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Mark's world has been turned upside down by the split between his parents. He's been forced to leave his old neighborhood and his old friends. Now he's living with his mother in a new apartment in a new town. Mark still longs to be back in his old school, once again to ...
Mark's world has been turned upside down by the split between his parents. He's been forced to leave his old neighborhood and his old friends. Now he's living with his mother in a new apartment in a new town. Mark still longs to be back in his old school, once again to ride his bike, to go on living in the house where he grew up.
But it's the loss of his father that worries Mark most of all. The man he depended on seeing every day is disappearing from his life.
This deeply felt novel explores the angry territory of a child trapped in a war between parents he truly loves. Does Mark have any rights at all? And how can he find a road past feuding parents so he can get on with his life?
With understanding, compassion, and surprising humor, Robert Kimmel Smith has created a story that gives us a fresh look at the most disturbing aspects of divorce.
Moving to a new neighborhood following his parents' divorce, Mark has trouble making new friends and coping with his father's absence.
Posted July 29, 2009
Divorce can turn children's lives upside-down. Moving, losing friends and familiar surroundings, and not knowing when they'll see the parent they don't live with can be traumatic for kids.
In The Squeaky Wheel, Mark Baker is in sixth grade and his parents are getting a divorce. He's angry, scared, and feels like his world has completely fallen apart. But although he just wants things to go back to the way they were, he has to learn, bit by bit, to pick up the pieces and rebuild his new life.
From making new friends to dealing with a bully, and even how he feels about girls, this story covers the whole gamut of emotions. Mark finally realizes he has to accept the fact his world will never go back to what it once was, but he still can make his life a good one.
The Squeaky Wheel was originally published in 1990 by Delacorte-Dell, and has recently been brought back into print because of its timeless message of hope for children of divorce. This sensitive portrayal of how Mark deals with this difficult situation is masterfully handled. I highly recommend this wonderful and well-written book.
Reviewer: Alice Berger, Bergers Book Reviews