Two very different kids a cute boy and a gawky, smart girl become friends over the summer and school and learn about love and life along the way. The story is written in a first person account of both DC and Rob. They each share their thoughts and how they cope with the far reaching changes that take place.
Rob loses his father and how his life is impacted by it, how our life alters and yet even as children we continue to grow and adjust. DC faces loss when her mom loses a baby; both seeing life and death so closely and personally. It is not just a friend who lost some one, it is the children and how they share and grow.
Life throws a curve ball but we go with it, this book is perfect for twines as it talks about so many things going on in their young lives. Being a child is not easy and more so in the teens when are mind and body is growing, learning and changing.
Children will love this story as it talks about their life in such a fluid and easy manner, using their kind of language and sharing the way life is. The characters are well written and I related to them so easily, the teachers, friends and relatives all believable and true to life. It was really hilarious to read about them at times.
The book strikes a good balance with the emotions and fun. It really is about Two Kids and these two kids could be any one!
I highly recommend this book for parents and children so they both read and realize that no matter how bad things get in life, we must keep moving and ‘climb the mountain’!
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About the Book
Title: Two Kids * Author: Richard Levine * Publication Date: June 7, 2014 * Publisher: Firedrake Books LLC * Pages: 247 * Recommended Age: 10+
Summary: Tall, gawky, and twelve, D.C. Blau stumbles into her cousin Becky’s birthday party wearing a neon yellow T-shirt so bright it could burn someone’s eyeballs out. Towering above the boys there and self-conscious about her height, she prefers to think that it’s the boys who are the outliers, that Becky has more “dwarf” friends than Snow White — but one among them catches her eye, Rob, a definite Bashful.
Strangely, though they’ve never before met, the tall girl and the shy boy take to each other like long lost pals. So begins an unusual tweenage friendship, one that carries the two kids though a year both terrible and wonderful. There’s banter, and fun with fantasy. Ballplayers so huge they’re named after mountains. An island populated with up-chucking vampire birds. Freaky fortunes from a funky fortune-teller lady. A flukey fishing trip, and a rollicking, roller-coaster of a small plane ride. Father’s Day blues. And in the end, a climactic, life-changing event that spirals down from “out of the blue.”
“. . . delightfully dialogue-rich and character-driven portrayal of modern youth set in the New York suburbs. . . The book speaks to the resiliency of human nature–especially when we are young–and the stubborn belief that life will continue.” ~ CLARION RATING, FIVE STARS, Foreword Reviews
“This is a nice story about friendship, fitting in and a little bit of innocent teenage crushes thrown in. I think kids ages 10 to 14 (tweenies) will have no trouble feeling for the main characters and will sympathize with the uncomfortable situations that age group often has to deal with–not only their own bodies and friends, but also the strange oddities of parents and relatives.” ~ T.S. Drecker, Amazon
“No [matter] how old you are, you will find a character you will relate to, no matter your age. You could be 6, 12, 17, 43. No matter what, this is a heartfelt book to read.” ~ Madison, Goodreads
Richard grew up in Jericho, Long Island, and practiced Diagnostic Radiology for many years before retiring. He and his wife have two daughters.