Spanky: A Soldier's Son by S.L. LaNeve
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Spanky: A Soldier's Son by S.L. LaNeve chronicles the life of Spanky McDougal after he and his family move to Florida from Pennsylvania. In Florida, Spanky's dad becomes a firefighter, but is also a reservist and soon gets called to serve in Afghanistan. Spanky not only must deal with a new school and making new friends, but come to terms with his dad being at war. Spanky feels a duty to help with his mom, who is likely depressed and not coping well at all. Plus he wants to make his dad proud of him. Add in the local bully and Spanky has a lot to overcome. These elements combined with the usual growing up pains that many young teens go through create a highly relatable, realistic story that will appeal to teens and older readers as well. LaNeve has created complex yet engaging characters placing them in an enduring and potent setting. Being deployed is never easy for anyone involved, family or otherwise. This books shows how everyday people cope with incredibly stressful situations during transitional times in life. Highly recommend for a thought provoking and entertaining book.
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