THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF
New York : Philomel Books, 2011
IL 5-8 , RL 3.5
dyscalculia, a math disability, but his brilliant
mathematician father does not understand, and sends Mike
to help his Great Uncle Poppy work on an Artesian Screw
engineering project that might help him get into a math
magnet school. When Mike arrives in Donover or “Do
Over” as all the locals call it, things are not as he
expected. The Greats are having financial
problems, the electricity is off, Poppy is so depressed
over the death of his son that he does not talk or move
from his chair, and Moo is trying to cope while dealing
with vision problems and there is no artesian screw
project. Mike is pulled into coordinating the town
project of helping the local minister adopt Misha, a
Romanian orphan. They have three weeks to raise
$40,000. Read this book to see how Mike, with the
help of a homeless man, a Goth singer, Poppy and Moo,
and the rest of the town come together to bring Misha
|SUBJECTS: Fathers and sons --
Self-acceptance -- Fiction.
Individuality -- Fiction.
Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Fiction.
Business enterprises -- Fiction.
Pennsylvania -- Fiction.