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Monday 16 May 2011

Review: Second Childhood

Mark is doing badly at school. Very badly. His teacher is angry and he’s terrified about telling his parents about it.

He’s going to be a nobody.

Until he finds out about reincarnation, and goes searching for who he was in a past life. When he and his friends reach their conclusions and discover their previous identities, they’re stunned. They really were Somebodies.

The only problem now, though, is the impact their previous lives have on modern times. Can they manage to fix all their mistakes?

Gleitzman’s running themes of parental pressure on children, and kids with a deep sense of the bigger picture, once again hits the right notes in this book. Quirky and fun, yet interesting and thought-provoking, this novel shows us that life isn’t all it appears to be.

It also tells us that everyone makes mistakes, friendship is everything and, most importantly, adults aren’t always right. In fact, they’re usually wrong.

Lots of fun.

Title: Second Childhood
Author: Morris Gleitzman
Publisher: Puffin, $14.95 RRP
Publication Date: 2004
Format: Softcover
ISBN: 9780140365870
For ages: 10+
Type: Novel

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