Click Book Review
Maggie and Jason inherit mysterious presents when Grandpa Gee dies. What they don't know is that the gifts will tell them more about their grandpa, and themselves, than they can imagine. Kidzworld reviews this new book.
Authors: David Almond, Eoin Colfer, Roddy Doyle, Deborah Ellis, Nick Hornby, Margo Lanagan, Gregory Maguire, Ruth Ozeki, Linda Sue Park, Tim Wynne-Jones.
When Grandpa Gee dies, he leaves Maggie and Jason gifts that will tell them more about their grandpa and themselves than they can imagine. Kidzworld reviews this great new book..
Goodbye Grandpa GeeMaggie and Jason's Grandpa Gee was one of the world's most renowned photojournalists and always had an amazing story to tell. Unfortunately, their lives are turned a little upside-down when he dies. Jason is tired of his job at Brendan's Pizza and on the verge of running away, and Maggie barely gets off of the couch where she used to sit with Gee. In his will, Gee leaves Maggie a mysterious box containing seven shells, and Jason inherits some of his Grandpa's most prized autographed photos, including one of Muhammad Ali, and an antique camera. What the kids decide to do with these gifts, and how they unravel the mystery of their Grandfather, is where the story really takes off.
His Story is History
Click is ten chapters long, with each chapter being written by a different author. The story jumps back and forth through different eras and countries including Ireland, Japan, and Australia, and we get little snapshots of Gee's life and witness some of the stories behind his most famous shots. As Jason and Maggie learn more about their Grandfather and how he touched people's lives across the globe, age-old secrets are revealed. How Gee's family deals with this newfound knowledge becomes another story altogether.
The Bottom Line
Click is a novel unlike any other. In putting together a book where a different author writes each chapter, the publishers managed to make a great idea work perfectly. Each chapter is like a new story and a new voice, but they are all shots from Gee's life. By the end of the novel, these individual photos come together as a collage, and the bigger picture is revealed. Another great thing about this book is that the prize winning authors, who represent the UK, Canada, Ireland, USA, and Australia, have donated the book's royalties to support Amnesty International. Click is a fast, interesting read that you probably won't be able to put down, plus it supports a great cause.