The Cottage Park Puzzle

The Cottage Park Puzzle

by Richard M. Siddoway




When two teenagers are found beaten in the quiet town of Cottage Park and another boy is standing over them holding a baseball bat, it seems like a simple task to convict the perpetrator. There's just one problem: he's autistic. This poignant tale of one town's journey to forgiveness and love will stay with you long after you've finished reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462115624
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 01/13/2015
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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The Cottage Park Puzzle 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 stars The Cottage Park Puzzle makes you feel involved with the characters. I kept putting myself as the mom of the different boys and think what would I do or react if that was my son. Who knows what we would do or say. Two boys are found at school unconscious having been beaten by a third boy covered in blood. The fourth boy Scott said he found Corky with the baseball bat hitting the boys. Corky does not talk. He is autistic. Has not shown violence before. Corky goes to special needs at Cottage Park JuniorSenior High School. His parents are sick with the idea he hurt two kids. They worry over the boys and pray for them. The Principal Karen Porter wants to expel Corky. Does not think he is safe to be around the other children. No one really knows what happen to set Corky off. No one saw anything. Scott and then Tony Smutz the assistant principal arrived and called 911. Everyone is in a rush to judge and want immediate action. The town takes sides. Lots of anger , worry over the two boys. Their moms are angry. One is threatening lawsuits. The police sent Corky home with his mother Lorraine because of his special needs. Most of the book is fast paced and happens in a weeks time. We see this happening more and more as people rush to judge and punish before all the facts have a chance to come out. What should happen to a boy that does not understand like everyone else? Through his teachers Corky has made leap and bounds progress. He has become potty trained, not to rush off alone things other children learn as toddlers. But Corky is now 6ft 200lbs. He does not communicate. Should he be locked up behind bars? Should his parents be punished? I don't know the answer what should a dangerous person who does not understand have happen to him. I liked the story, the characters, how some of the characters forgave others that did them wrong. All the parents had to forgive someone and be forgiven for their actions. What they all said in the heat of the moments. I need to learn this lesson of forgiveness and ask more to be forgiven. I was given The Cottage Park Puzzle to read so I could give a honest review of it and be part of it's blog tour.
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
This book is going to one of the GREAT ONES of this year! FANTASTIC story line! SO WELL TOLD! An autistic boy is found holding a bat next to two boys who have been badly beaten. The boys are rushed to the hospital... But what to do with the autistic boy? Jail won't do, he can't come back to school, and he doesn't speak so he can't even tell you what really happened. One of the mother's is furious and demanding justice. School board members are trying to cover their backs while blaming others for negligence. Town members are curious. Meetings are held. The parents of the autistic boy are grief-stricken. But no one will truly know what happened until the beaten boys are woken from their drug-induced coma that is helping them to heal. Can the town survive the wait? See how it all plays out in this AMAZING book that will stay with you long after the final page has been turned. A MUST-READ! LOVED THIS ONE!
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a sitting--it was that fascinating. Corky is a severely autistic teenager who is found holding a baseball bat when two schoolmates are found beaten at lunch. Rocky and Pete are placed in medically induced comas for awhile to recover from the injuries. I think almost everyone knows someone who has some type of issue and I loved the way family life, school life, and the community was portrayed. The story is so realistic--I had to check myself several times because I got so worked up and felt so many emotions and it's not even a true story. There are characters who want revenge on this boy and others who rally around him. Of course, he's oblivious to it all. I love the way compassion and forgiveness are major themes in the book. I finished the book quite upset because I felt there was a major issue left unresolved--at least, it wasn't very clear to me. Content: no language; no graphic violence, but the crime is described moderately; no romance; religious elements--one scene where a pastor briefly teaches about compassion and forgiveness. Clean for a more mature reader, due to the beating.