A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Arthur Louis Pullman wrote one novel that became a classic. He never wrote again and shied away from the limelight.

redstarMILLER, Samuel. A Lite Too Bright. 480p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. May 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062662002.

Gr 9 Up –Arthur Louis Pullman wrote one novel that became a classic. He never wrote again and shied away from the limelight. Living with Alzheimer’s, Pullman mysteriously disappears before his passing. His grandson, Arthur Louis Pullman III has a troubled past and is feeling lost himself. While struggling with his own issues, he transfers his attention and desires to discover the last days of his grandfather’s life. While visiting relatives, Arthur uncovers a note from his grandfather and believes it is a clue. Determined to solve the mystery, Arthur sets off on a cross-country road trip. On the journey, he becomes close to Mara, a runaway, and together they gain insight to his grandfather’s past and helps him come to terms with his own issues. Charmingly written, this debut novel introduces rounded characters and an engaging mystery. The plot does well to keep intrigue high while the core theme surrounding the family dynamics is ingrained. Wonderfully mirroring the disjointed feelings and thoughts of young Arthur and those who have dementia, this literary piece has a satisfying conclusion. VERDICT A highly recommended purchase for fans of literary and realistic fiction centered around family.–Melissa Poole, Clemson University Library, Anderson, SC This review was published in the School Library Journal April 2018 issue.

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