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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (608 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathryn Erskine Narrator: Noah Galvin Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Kathryn Erskine won the National Book Award for her mesmerizing novel Mockingbird. In The Absolute Value of Mike, a young man grows up during an unlikely adventure. Despite his best efforts, Mike has a hard time communicating with his calculus-loving father - and having a math learning disability certainly doesn't help. But when Mike is sent to Pennsylvania to work on an engineering project, the young man learns valuable lessons from the colorful characters he meets.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Holly | 2/11/2014

    " I loved this book. Like in Mockingbird, Erskine knows how to deal with life, death, challenges, and triumphs in a smart, thought-provoking way. Mike's father is a brilliant engineer and mathmetician, but doesn't know how to relate to his 14-year-old son. Mike's mother died, and his father takes an overseas job opportunity, so he sends Mike off to a small town (Donover, except it's missing its n, making it Do over, PA) to stay with his great aunt and uncle, who Mike's father thinks is building an artesian screw. He thinks this will be a valuable project for Mike to learn engineering skills. Moo, his eighty-something great aunt, is a bit quirky, and Poppy, his uncle, is pretty much catatonic over the fairly recent loss of their son. At first, Mike is exasperated that he's stuck in this crazy town with its eccentric residents, but soon, through a project involving an adoption, he learns his true purpose in life and is able to stand up to his father. It's funny, poignant, and would be a great book for middle school boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lee Anne | 2/9/2014

    " A very quirky and thoroughly enjoyable read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathryn | 2/7/2014

    " I really liked this book, and Dyscalculia is a disability that many don't really know about or just forget, I really liked this book I really recommend it to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mamacate | 1/17/2014

    " Absolutely loved this YA book. It's sweet and quirky and kind. Read if you need a little boost, even if you don't have a YA around the house. "

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About the Author
Author Kathryn Erskine

Kathryn Erskine is the acclaimed author of many distinguished novels for young readers, including Mockingbird, winner of the National Book Award; The Absolute Value of Mike, an Amazon Best Book and ALA Notable Book; and Quaking, an ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers; and Seeing Red, which Booklist hailed as “powerful” in a starred review. Kathryn lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband and two children.