Down the Memory Hole

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Lulu Press, Incorporated, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 148 pages
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His summer vacation is ruined when 12-year-old Buzz Collins shares his room and emotional space with his grandfather, who has Alzheimer's disease, and his parents forbid him to associate with his best friend, Mitch. The thought of giving up his friendship is bad enough. But how can he relate to someone who forgets his grandson's name, wears adult diapers, and thinks dog biscuits are people cookies-someone who could die in the night and scare Buzz right out of puberty. Buzz thinks Alzheimer's is caused by a traumatic event, such as the train accident that killed Grandpa's brother Barkley in childhood. The situation turns deadly when Buzz and Mitch-whose friendship Buzz refuses to end-attempt to cure Grandpa of Alzheimer's disease by recreating the train accident on a hot summer day. (Ages 12-14/YA)

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Bonnie Turner began her writing career while still in high school, writing poetry that helped bridge her confusing teen years. With no college education or formal writing lessons, teaching herself to write has been a long but satisfying struggle for this author. From Turner¿s early interest in huskies, dogsleds, and the Inuit culture came her first book for children, The Haunted Igloo (Houghton Mifflin, 1991). After the book was published, she visited classrooms with a life-size Inuit doll, lecturing students on the importance of reading and writing, and passing out `polar bear¿ hugs along with her autograph. A number of years passed before she published the sequel to that book-Spirit Lights. Born and raised in Missouri, Bonnie Turner relocated to northeastern Wisconsin in 1984, where she continues work on two other novels.

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