Synopses & Reviews
"Irish author Newman's first solo effort and U.S. debut will win readers' hearts through the conversational tone and openhearted observations of elementary school aged narrator Mimi, whose mother died 149 days earlier (she is counting) after being hit by a bus. Mimi's life has settled into something of a routine, with Mimi drawing comfort from her extended family and grandparents, but it's not enough: Mimi's family is falling down around her. Her father burns pizza every night for dinner; laundry and groceries have fallen by the wayside; Mimi does not brush her teeth, is late for school, and only does her homework on Wednesdays; and her older siblings, Sally and Conor, barely talk to Mimi or each other. Newman ably conveys a family hanging together by a thread; that Mimi, who is Chinese, is adopted is nearly incidental to the plot until a climactic scene in which she stands up to a school bully. Closing chapters, set six months after the rest of the book's events, provide just enough hope to reassure readers without minimizing the struggles the family has overcome. Ages 8 10. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
John Newman was born in Dublin and worked as a folklore collector, a civil servant, and an accountant before he became an elementary schoolteacher. He is the co-author of eleven books for children. Mimi is his first solo novel. John Newman lives in Ireland.