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In Middle Grade Book Review on September 5, 2017 at 6:18 pm


by Gordon Korman

Realistic Fiction/©2017/Stand Alone Book/Recommended for Middle School

Book Description (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Chase’s memory just went out the window.

Chase doesn’t remember falling off the roof. He doesn’t remember hitting his head. He doesn’t, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name.

He knows he’s Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have very different reactions to his return. Some kids treat him like a hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him. One girl in particular is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets.

Pretty soon, it’s not only a question of who Chase is–it’s a question of who he was . . . and who he’s going to be.

My Thoughts:

Gordon Korman is one of my favorite middle grade authors, and this book did not disappoint. First of all, it has an intriguing  plot – having the bully lose his memory and then have to figure out who he is.  The author also provides a wide variety of memorable characters – several of whom shared POV with the main character. Quite a feat for the author to get them all to have separate, unique voices, but they did. And woven throughout, there are powerful messages and life lessons about bullying, kindness, the power of forgiveness, and so many more. I think it will give middle schools students a lot to ponder. There are some epic moments of humor and epic moments that bring you to tears. All in all, an enjoyable read that packs a punch.