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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

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ISBN13: 9781250031853
ISBN10: 1250031850
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I am not imaginary...

Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear.

Max is different from other children. Some people say he has Asperger's, but most just say he's “on the spectrum.” None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max unconditionally and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can't protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, a teacher in the Learning Center who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy.

When Mrs. Patterson does the unthinkable, it is up to Budo and a team of imaginary friends to save Max — and Budo must ultimately decide which is more important: Max's happiness or his own existence.

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a triumph of courage and imagination that touches on the truths of life, love, and friendship as it races to a heartwarming... and heartbreaking conclusion.

Review:

“A novel as creative, brave, and pitch-perfect as its narrator, an imaginary friend named Budo, who reminds us that bravery comes in the most unlikely forms. It has been a long time since I read a book that has captured me so completely, and has wowed me with its unique vision. You've never read a book like this before. As Budo himself might say: Believe me.” Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Sing You Home

Review:

“Wholly original and completely unputdownable. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a captivating story told in a voice so clever and honest I didn't want it to end. The arresting voice of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time with the emotional power of Room and the whimsy of Drop Dead Fred, but in a class of its own.” Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters

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"An incredibly captivating novel about the wonder of youth and the importance of friendship, whether real or imagined. Delightfully compelling reading." Booklist

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"[A] fun read and engaging exploration of the vibrant world of a child's imagination." Publishers Weekly

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"Quirky and heartwarming." Kirkus

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"Funny, poignant...Budo's world is as realistic as he is imaginary. We would all be lucky to have Budo at our sides. Reading his memoir is the next best thing." Library Journal

About the Author

Matthew Dicks is a writer and elementary school teacher. His articles have been published in the Hartford Courant and he has been a featured author at the Books on the Nightstand retreat. He is also a Moth storyteller and a two-time StorySLAM champion. Dicks is the author of two previous novels, Something Missing and Unexpectedly Milo. He lives in Newington, Connecticut, with his wife, Elysha, and their children, Clara and Charlie.

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Amy Volker, August 28, 2014 (view all comments by Amy Volker)
I can honestly say that I never had an imaginary friend like Budo when I was young and I wish I did. But Budo is not imaginary to Max, the little boy who created him. Budo is his only friend, his lifeline and the only person who can help him do the unthinkable- grow up. This novel was sweet, tense and heartbreaking. For those of us that had friends of the imaginary kind when we were little, this book will bring them back. Just like Toy Story taught us about what toys did when we weren't looking, this shows us what our imaginary friends do when we need them the most.
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Jeffrey Bluhm, December 30, 2013 (view all comments by Jeffrey Bluhm)
Max is on the autism spectrum (no specific diagnosis is offered or necessary) and his imaginary friend Budo tells the story in an elementary-school voice but with (inadvertent) adult insight. It is fascinating to learn about the world of imaginary friends, as well as to hear Budo explain Max's perspective on his world. The main dramatic plot is leavened with lots of humor and a number of interesting subplots. The story moves quickly and, once started, you'll be reluctant to put this book down.
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Brooke Strickland, August 15, 2013 (view all comments by Brooke Strickland)
Meet Budo. He's an imaginary friend, but you wouldn't know it - he is as real to Max Delaney as the next person. Max Delaney, a boy that is described as autistic and struggles at school as well as at home, needs Budo. And when a parent's worst nightmare comes true and they can't find Max, Budo helps save the day.
This book gives great insight into the glowing world of a child's imagination. I highly recommend it. Whether you believe in imaginary friends or not, this book gives a glimpse into the truth of a child's innocence, their vivid creativity, and their exploration of life.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781250031853
Author:
Dicks, Matthew
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Coming of age
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
Coming of Age

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Product details 336 pages St. Martin's Griffin - English 9781250031853 Reviews:
"Review" by , “A novel as creative, brave, and pitch-perfect as its narrator, an imaginary friend named Budo, who reminds us that bravery comes in the most unlikely forms. It has been a long time since I read a book that has captured me so completely, and has wowed me with its unique vision. You've never read a book like this before. As Budo himself might say: Believe me.”
"Review" by , “Wholly original and completely unputdownable. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a captivating story told in a voice so clever and honest I didn't want it to end. The arresting voice of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time with the emotional power of Room and the whimsy of Drop Dead Fred, but in a class of its own.”
"Review" by , "An incredibly captivating novel about the wonder of youth and the importance of friendship, whether real or imagined. Delightfully compelling reading."
"Review" by , "[A] fun read and engaging exploration of the vibrant world of a child's imagination."
"Review" by , "Quirky and heartwarming."
"Review" by , "Funny, poignant...Budo's world is as realistic as he is imaginary. We would all be lucky to have Budo at our sides. Reading his memoir is the next best thing."
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