A heartwarming and uplifting story of brothers Henry and Eugene, all wrapped up in the foil and memory of their late father. It's the last day of school and Henry is looking forward to receiving the Perfect Attendance Award. But he has to decide whether to attain the award or fill his late father's shoes and help out younger brother, Eugene. Garlic Bread for Eugene is a warm and loving tale of family, neighborhood, and doing the right thing. Through Henry's character, Heath creates a powerful message in the simplicity of Henry learning about his father, and himself, through a morning-long odyssey to secure the ingredients to make dad's special garlic bread.
|Publisher:||Turn the Page Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||7 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Michael Heath was born and raised in a small community on the Jersey shore. His debut novel Garlic Bread for Eugene mirrors the sentimentality of a bygone era when neighbors helped neighbors, kids rode bikes to school, and simple traditions like that of a school picnic could resonate for a lifetime. Michael lives in Monmouth County, NJ with his youngest son, and works as an account manager in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wonderful little book. A story about becoming a young man in a small town on the Jersey Shore. Henry gives up his perfect attendence award to help his younger brother bring in garlic bread for his 4th grade picnic. Henry receives help from unexpected neighbors and friends of his father. Very touching, very sweet. Michael Heath is a up and coming author who knows how to tell a story. Wish I had a brother like Henry.
Henry Hansen is very excited. The sixth grader is about to head off for school and, because it's the last day of the school year, and he's had perfect attendance, that means he will get the 'Perfect Attendance Award.' What an honor! But things don't always go as planned and today is going to be one of those days. Henry and his younger brother Eugene live with their mother in a small house not far from school. When their father died, not long ago, Uncle Bill moved in which helped Mom pay the bills. Uncle Bill also helps the kids here and there, including promising to make the garlic bread for Eugene's fourth grade picnic. But when "UB," who works a night shift, fails to show up before the kids leave for school, Eugene is quite upset. How will he get the garlic bread for the picnic? Will he be the only one who fails to bring in a dish to share with the class? On the way to school, all Eugene can talk about is the missing bread. Henry realizes that he has a difficult decision to make - attend class and get his award, or help his little brother by sneaking off and making the bread himself. Henry thinks about what his dad, his mom, and his friend Gracie would do. He wanted some advice! Once they arrive at school, Henry decides to send his brother off to class and then go off to make the bread. He's about to start a day he won't soon forget. After getting some cash from home, Henry sets off to several stores to get the ingredients for the bread. Each storeowner is happy to help Henry and they all refuse his money. It is an important lesson for Henry. But then, on the way back home to prepare the bread, a police car pulls over. There has been a young shoplifter making the rounds of local stores and without receipts for the items in his backpack, it looks like Henry is about to be in a load of trouble. Henry learns a lot about himself and others on the last day of school; a day when he should have been in school. Friends, neighbors, school staff, and other kids all have something to teach Henry as he does his best to come to his brother's rescue. While the pace of the story gets a bit slow in places, overall it should keep young readers interested in learning whether there will be garlic bread for the picnic and if there is any way Henry can get that much sought after pin for perfect attendance. Quill says: A sweet story about growing up that gently teaches life lessons.