The Squeaky Wheel

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Author: Robert Kimmel Smith
Publisher: iUniverse / Authors Guild Back In Print Edition
Genre: Tween
ISBN: 978-0-595-52203-3
Pages: 196
Price: $14.95

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Divorce can turn children’s lives upside-down. Moving, losing friends and familiar surroundings, and not knowing when they’ll see the parent they don’t live with can be traumatic for kids.

In The Squeaky Wheel, Mark Baker is in sixth grade and his parents are getting a divorce. He’s angry, scared, and feels like his world has completely fallen apart. But although he just wants things to go back to the way they were, he has to learn, bit by bit, to pick up the pieces and rebuild his new life.

From making new friends to dealing with a bully, and even how he feels about girls, this story covers the whole gamut of emotions. Mark finally realizes he has to accept the fact his world will never go back to what it once was, but he still can make his life a good one.

The Squeaky Wheel was originally published in 1990 by Delacorte-Dell, and has recently been brought back into print because of its timeless message of hope for children of divorce. This sensitive portrayal of how Mark deals with this difficult situation is masterfully handled. I highly recommend this wonderful and well-written book.

Reviewer: Alice Berger