As Jamie lay alone in bed, not knowing that his mother had just been killed while driving drunk, he's filled with disturbing thoughts. The last words his mother had said to him before going out were, "I've given you the last six years of my life, and for what? To always be running from one town to another? Never having a life of my own just so you could live?" And then in a drunken slur she had added, "If I had a lick of sense I'd have let old Ernie do what he wanted."
Why had his mother said she had given him the last six years of her life when he was twelve years old? Why did she always seem to resent him? Who was Ernie? And why couldn't he remember anything about his life before his first day of school in the first grade? The only thought that comforted him was the newspaper story dated only a few days earlier on May 24, 1992. The article reported that a new wave of computer games would soon replace the old pinball machines and "boggle the mind" with realistic video techniques that could only be dreamed about a few years earlier. The article had aroused a curious excitement in him, and he didn't know why.
After being sent to live at the Hermitage House for Children, Jamie begins to have a series of strange and troubling dreams. Each dream is about a little blond-haired boy who has a little sister and a mother and a father. But the woman is not his mother who was killed in the car accident and he had never known his father. Yet his dreams are always about the same family, especially the little boy and his dog. And the father programs computers and makes games, even promising to build the boy a video game that's so life-like the boy will think he's actually inside it.
As Jamie wonders about the meaning of his dreams, he visits a local arcade where he sees a brand new video game that is almost magical in its appearance. Jamie is the only person who plays the machine, and in the video game he sees the same little boy and his dog.
Sometimes, dreams turn into reality...
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About the Author
The Hermitage House Miracle was selected as the 2012 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner for Best Contemporary Fantasy and also chosen as a 2012 Finalist for Best Children's Book by the West Virginia Writers, Inc.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a novel that seems extremely realistic and true to life, but then takes on aspects of fantasy and the paranormal, giving it an edge that can be a bit jarring should readers not be ready for it. And yet, it’s a very well written story that warms the heart as it unfolds. Jamie, now living in an orphanage, only remembers the past six years of his life, but as he begins to make friends and interact with others, a luxury he hadn’t known while his mother was alive, he begins to piece together his life through his vivid dreams and a video game that mysteriously appears in the arcade. And as it unfolds, readers learn the truth behind Jamie’s lack of memories, behind the dog howling on the wind, and about his mother. A quick read, this novel will leave you hugging your children close as you realize Jamie’s reality and note that the bond between parent and child remains long after the line is cut
5 STARS I had to give it 5 stars because I got so emotional in a few places. Cried lots of tears, sad tears, joyful tears. So yes I got lost in the book and cared about the characters. I liked the characters. The children who opened their hearts to the new orphans. The Sisters who took care of the children and loved them and worried about them. Jamie is brought to the orphange after his mothers death and when they could not find any family for Jamie. Jamie loved having his own room. He never had his own room or a bed so nice. Jamie is 12 year old boy. He was used to moving every six months to a year. He would write letters to his friends giving them his new address and he never got any letters back. Antonio was a little younger than Jamie and had the room next to him. Antonio was showing Jamie around. They promised they would be friends forever. Starting that first night Jamie began dreaming of a little boy with freckles and green eyes and someone who was calling him son. Sometimes the dreams would have a little girl,a mother and a dog named Scout. The sisters told Jamie that they were just dreams. They worried about his dreams. Jamie had never had friends to play with after school, never went to parks, fishing or anything. With Antonio he fished, played with and came out of his shell. Jamie still had dreams all the time and they seemed so real to him, but he did not tell anyone except Antonio about them any more. I liked the story but could have done without the tears. I would read more from Malcolm. Thier were some twists to the story that I did not expect, some that I did guess. It was nice to hear about an orphanage that cared about the kids. Though it did have problems and I still wonder about them. I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley. 05/26/2012 PUB Blue Ridge Mountain Books Acorn Book Service