Saturday Boy by David Fleming

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Fleming wields a light touch with the story’s pacing and a steady hand for hard reality in this tender portrait of a boy under stress.
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If there's one thing I've learned from comic books, it's that everybody has a weakness—something that can totally ruin their day without fail.

For the wolfman it's a silver bullet. For Superman it's Kryptonite. For me it was a letter.

With one letter, my dad was sent back to Afghanistan to fly Apache helicopters for the U.S. army.

Now all I have are his letters. Ninety-one of them to be exact. I keep them in his old plastic lunchbox—the one with the cool black car on it that says Knight Rider underneath. Apart from my comic books, Dad's letters are the only things I read more than once. I know which ones to read when I'm down and need a pick-me-up. I know which ones will make me feel like I can conquer the world. I also know exactly where to go when I forget Mom's birthday. No matter what, each letter always says exactly what I need to hear. But what I want to hear the most is that my dad is coming home.
 

About David Fleming

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David Fleming lives in the woods in Weston, Massachusetts, with his wife and two willful, boisterous sons. He graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in English Dramatic Literature and Theater and now works for a landscape designer. When the ground is frozen, he writes. He has been published in Monkeybicycle, Stuff Magazine, Wellesley/Weston Magazine and at beattoapulp.com. The Saturday Boy is his first novel.
 
Published June 13, 2013 by Viking Books for Young Readers. 272 pages
Genres: War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Apr 10 2013

Fleming wields a light touch with the story’s pacing and a steady hand for hard reality in this tender portrait of a boy under stress.

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