Milo and the Restart Button

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

Review

To Milo the world has become surrounded by fog, which descended two years ago when his mother died, and which envelops his once happy father. Since then he has moved house five times, each time shedding more of the physical objects associated with her, and burying his memories because it's too painful to remember.

Starting anew, at secondary school, he gradually learns to cope with rejection from some, but to accept friendship from unexpected sources. By doing so he learns to remember, to grieve and to restore his mother as a member of his family.

Silberberg's novel is funny, sad, and empowering for young readers who have suffered bereavement. His comical illustrations and lists both lighten and extend the text.

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