The Absolute Value of Mike

The Absolute Value of Mike

Book - 2011
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Fourteen-year-old Mike, whose father is a brilliant mathematician but who has no math aptitude himself, spends the summer in rural Pennsylvania with his elderly and eccentric relatives Moo and Poppy, helping the townspeople raise money to adopt a Romanian orphan.
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9780399255052
Call Number: ERSKINE
Characteristics: 247 p.
Subjects: Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Self-acceptance -- Fiction.
Individuality -- Fiction.
Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Fiction.
Business enterprises -- Fiction.
Pennsylvania -- Fiction.


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debwalker Jul 26, 2011

"This is a lovely tale of resilience and discovery. Mike is sent to stay with his great-aunt and uncle while his professor father goes to teach in Romania for the summer. Mike shortly finds himself the leader of a whirlwind campaign to help the local minister adopt a boy who seems hauntingly similar to himself, although he was orphaned on the other side of the world. In the process, Mike learns that appearances are rarely dependable, but that he can depend upon himself, and that a person's absolute value is measured in the people who care for you." --Elizabeth Anker, Alamosa Books, Albuquerque, N.M.


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