Little Book,  Middle grade

Back to Blackbrick

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
blackbrickWhen Cosmo keeps his promise to go to Blackbrick Abbey, he unlocks the gate to the place his granddad once worked and finds himself in the forgotten corners of a distant past, one that his granddad has, strangely, never really talked about. Here there are new beginnings, memories are just being born, friendships come to life and everything is still possible…
Cosmo loves his Grandad, really honestly, but the only problem is that in his old age he’s gone slightly, how do you put it? well, crazy. So crazy in fact, that he regularly gets into long conversations with a lamp post. The only other problem is that other people have started to realise and ask embarrassing and hard to answer questions. Since Cosmo’s brother Brian died, his world has been slowly crumbling around him and because his mum couldn’t stand not having Brian around she went off to Sydney because there were apparently ‘better business opportunities’ leaving Cosmo to live with his granny and grandad where he enjoyed himself entirely…that was until his granddad started going crazy and losing his memory.
Life’s not so fun when your grandad stops remembering who you are. Cosmo and his gran started getting worried about him when he did a wee in the dishwasher. So they called a care home and they said they will do a memory test tomorrow to see if he can stay at home or will have to got into a care home. Cosmo tries to get his grandad to remember stuff but to no avail.
One day his grandad gives him the key to the south gates of Blackbrick Abbey where he used to work. While unlocking the gate, Cosmo unlocks his Grandad’s forgotten past…
Verdict: Amazing. Nothing else said.
Reviewed by Daisy (11)

Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: February 2013
Format: Hardback
Pages: 227KB
Genre: Time travel, Fantasy
Age: YA
Reviewer: Daisy (11)
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: Debut Author

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