Mick Harte Was Here
Mick Harte Was Hereby Barbara Park a realistic fiction book.
Phoebe tells the story of her brother Mick's death in a bicycle accident, and its aftermath. Through funny and poignant memories, eighth-grader Phoebe Harte introduces her brother Mick, ten months younger, and tells the story of his fatal accident. She then describes her reactions and experiences over the ensuing days. She attends his funeral, interment, and memorial service, and gradually is comforted by her best friend, her spiritual intuition, and her family. Though she struggles profoundly with her feelings, she makes a re-entry into daily life and school, finding setbacks, support, and, finally, stability.This book is a demonstration of the devastating power of simplicity. With breathtaking elements and precise strokes, Barbara Park brings MickHarte and his sister Phoebe to vivid life. Even in showing his death you can barely believe it is happening, like Phoebe, you enter a undistinguishing state of denial. And because Park gives Phoebe such a distinct, genuine voice, her reactions are real and familiar. Park moves the reader back and forth, from Mick to his sister, gradually disengaging them, separating the tightly interwoven strands of their lives, until Phoebe can stand alone, finally strong and confident without her brother at her side.The author skillfully ties in the lesson about wearing bicycle helmets. And it is made so directly and simply that it doesn't seem at all preachy. In fact, it is probably one of the most powerful elements of the book. I give this book four and a half stars.