Unforgettable

Unforgettable

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by Loretta Ellsworth
     
 

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Baxter Green isn't like everyone else. Baxter never forgets anything-not pain or embarrassment-not even a string of account numbers, flashed before his eyes by his mother's criminal boyfriend, Dink, in a credit card scam. Years after his testimony has locked Dink away, Baxter and his mother are in a new town, trying to forget the danger Dink brought intoSee more details below

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Baxter Green isn't like everyone else. Baxter never forgets anything-not pain or embarrassment-not even a string of account numbers, flashed before his eyes by his mother's criminal boyfriend, Dink, in a credit card scam. Years after his testimony has locked Dink away, Baxter and his mother are in a new town, trying to forget the danger Dink brought into their lives. Baxter wants to hide his unique ability, but it becomes increasingly more difficult when he reconnects with Hallie, a girl from his childhood. Can Baxter win Hallie's heart, elude Dink, and get a chance at living a normal life?

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Publishers Weekly
Baxter Green, a 15-year-old who remembers every detail of his life dating back to an accident at age three, is the anxious, awkward hero of this offbeat modern romance. After his mother’s ex-boyfriend, Dink, is freed from prison for credit card fraud, Baxter (who testified against Dink in court and stole some of his money) flees California with his mother to begin a new life in Wellington, Minn., where his kindergarten soul mate, Halle, now resides. Baxter (who also has synesthesia) recalls every detail of their short-lived romance, but Halle has no memory of him. Just as Baxter seems to be making headway, regaining Halle’s affection, Dink discovers their new address and may be on his way to seek revenge. Ellsworth (In a Heartbeat) has hold of a fascinating premise, and while Baxter’s synesthesia feels like overkill, readers get a sense of the stress Baxter’s perfect memory brings. Readers will appreciate both the story’s literary allusions (Baxter’s class is reading The Great Gatsby) and Baxter’s desire to be “normal” and his determination to recapture the past as he remembers it. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)
VOYA - Laura Lehner-Ennis
Baxter Green never forgets a face. Or a name, or a song lyric, or the minutest detail of everything he has ever experienced, including joy and pain, fear and love. He has a photographic memory and literally cannot forget anything, even when he wants to. So the feelings he had for Halle in kindergarten are so real and strong to him still, at fifteen, that it is confusing and disappointing when she does not remember him at all. Baxter and his mom, on the run from an ex-boyfriend with a serious grudge, move from California to Minnesota where he knows Halle will be, and where he hopes to renew a romantic spark. Things do not go as planned, but the boy known as "Memory Boy" will come to accept who and what he is, and to realize and appreciate his limitations. Ellsworth has created a genuinely sympathetic character in Baxter. His trials are unique, yet realistic—the difficulty of hiding the mixed blessing of his memory gift, the all-too-real threat of a dangerous man pursuing him, and the problems typical of a displaced fifteen-year-old boy. Memories interspersed throughout the narrative create a rich background that broadens the scale of the story. It is entertaining, but with some issues worthy of discussion—the environmental and health impacts of mining, and the social issues of kids who are different. Overall, this is a strong addition to any library serving young adults. Reviewer: Laura Lehner-Ennis
Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
From the intriguing front dustcover to the light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel concluding pages, this title is a winner. Fifteen-year-old Baxter Green, the victim of a childhood accident, bears the burden of synesthesia. Baxter cannot forget anything—not colors, sounds, numbers, faces, his homework, phone numbers, the list goes on. For years, Baxter was studied by a psychiatrist who also served as a mentor in helping the youngster make sense of his world. However, when Baxter's mother's boyfriend is released from prison for a crime that he forced Baxter into helping him commit, both mother and son choose to run and hide. Thus, at fifteen, Baxter is entering high school for the first time and in Minnesota, not in his native California. If these tensions were not ample, there is a girl whom he has never forgotten, not since kindergarten and she lives in the same small Minnesota town. Narrated by Baxter, this quest for safety, for identity, and for that amazing Halle, his first love, will have readers, even reluctant ones, glued to this novel right up to its realistic and satisfying conclusion. Readers readily identify with this special needs protagonist regardless of how attractive his malady may appear on the surface. Synesthesia is a real condition and Ellsworth has provided a sympathetic protagonist that readers will remember long after the last page is turned. This title is highly recommended for home, school, and public libraries and should certainly be considered for the Schneider Family Book Award. Reviewer: Janice DeLong
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Fifteen-year-old Baxter Green doesn't forget anything. He can remember each and every meal he ever ate, the father who died when he was just a toddler, the stolen credit card numbers his mother's ex-boyfriend made him memorize, and the exact threat Dink issued when he went to jail. Now the man is being released, and Baxter and his mother decide to stay out of his way. The teen gets to choose where they will live next, and he picks the current home of his kindergarten crush, Wellington, MN. Halle doesn't remember Baxter, but she likes him. As he tries to be normal, he can't help but wonder if his feelings for her are true or just part of his unique memory. And what will happen when Halle finds out that he kept her in the dark about who he is? The thought of losing her is worse than the paranoia he feels about Dink. Ellsworth's story is a new take on the standard coming-of-age tale. Baxter's character is believable, and the nature of his memory is deftly explained. This readable novel will find fans among those looking for romance and drama.—Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802723055
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,372,516
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
HL690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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