Sticky Notes (Paperback)
This book is about a 10-year-old boy whose father is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The boy, Foster, experiences drastic changes in his family dynamics and in himself, too. I liked the frankness of the writing and feel it would appeal to children who are going through a similar situation with a family member. However, Foster character feels much younger than 10, and readers who are looking for a happy ending will be disappointed. If you're looking for realistic fiction for students who may be enduring a hardship and want a relatable character, then this is the book to choose!— Jill, Pagemasters Club at Lawrence Elementary School in Arvada, CO
For fans of Counting by 7s and Fish in a Tree, a touching story about the power of love and family in the face of a parent's early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
Foster Sumner is ten years old. He likes toy soldiers, tadpole hunting, going to school, and the beach. Best of all, he likes listening to his dad's stories.
But then Foster's dad starts forgetting things. No one is too worried at first. Foster and Dad giggle about it. Dad goes out for milk and comes back with cat food, when the cat has been dead for five years. But then the forgetting gets worse. And suddenly no one is laughing anymore.
A heartbreaking story about what it means to forget and to be forgotten, as well as the devastating effects of Alzheimer's and the strong families behind those who suffer from it.
"Heartbreakingly realistic." --SLJ
"Touchell presents honest, believable characters in this heart-wrenching account of one family's attempt to cope with an unexpected life-altering event." --Bulletin
"Heartwarming, heartbreaking and honest...a great family read." --The Monitor
About the Author
Dianne Touchell was born and raised in Fremantle, Western Australia. She has worked as a fry cook, a nightclub singer, a housekeeper, a bookseller, and manager of a construction company. Sometimes she has time to write books for young people, who she thinks are far more interesting than grown-ups. She lives with animals. Find her online at diannetouchell.com.au or follow her on Twitter at @DianeTouchell.
"Heartbreakingly realistic."—School LIbrary Journal
"Touchell presents honest, believable characters in this heart-wrenching account of one family’s attempt to cope with an unexpected life-altering event. Foster’s naïveté makes him sympathetic to young readers." —Bulletin
"Heartwarming, heartbreaking and honest...a great family read." —The Monitor
"Touchell's sentences are worth studying, a reminder of the power of a well-chosen word."—Middle Grade Mafioso
"Spot on...Sumner's actions and reactions get to the heart of a ten-year-old." —Kiss the Book Reviews