Thursday, December 29, 2016

Of Foster Homes and Flies - by Chad Lutzke - One very trying week in the life of a sixth grader

5 of 5 Stars     Review copy

Meet Denny Christopher Newman, a sixth grader at Maguire Elementary School.  Pretty much neglected, a latchkey kid, and a terrific speller.

There is an amazing amount of detail in this novella length story. Things that add just the right amount of color to the canvas that is the writer's narrative.

Our small house acts as an oven in the summer and an old A/C still hangs from the living room window, though it hasn't worked for years.

I've read a number of coming of age tales this year, it's one of my favorite sub-genres.  Of Foster Homes and Flies is the darkest among them.  On par with Robert McCammon's Boys life  or Steven King's The Body.

When Denny's Mom dies unexpectedly, he has no idea what to do, he only knows he wants more than anything to compete in the sixth grade spelling bee the following Wednesday. Lutzke's story is about how he gets there and it's at once compelling, heartbreaking, witty, and charming.

Of Foster Homes and Flies, published by Scary Carpet, is available in e-book, paperback, and audible formats,  If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you can read it at no additional charge.  Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member you can read it for FREE using the Kindle Owners Lending Library.

From the authors bio - Chad Lutzke lives in Battle Creek, MI. with his wife and children where he works as a medical language specialist. Chad loves music, rain, sarcasm, dry humor, and cheese. He has a strong disdain for dishonesty and hard-boiled eggs. He has written for Famous Monsters of Filmland, Rue Morgue and Scream magazine. He is a regular contributor to Horror Novel Reviews.

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