ebook & paperback
Children's, 8 years +
Themes: mourning the loss of a parent, dealing with emotions, insatiable curiosity, crazy stunts pulled by boys, lots of heart racing moments, a lot of humour,
Kevin Tobin is a relatively ordinary twelve-year-old dealing with the aftermath of his father's death. To escape his emotional turmoil, Kevin has developed his imagination into a dangerous foil and powerful ally. After a mysterious package arrives at his door, Kevin and his best friend are hunted down by a ruthless villain determined to retrieve the package, unknowingly spinning Kevin into a battle for control over time itself.
There's heaps of action, adventure and imagination wrapped up with a surprisingly emotional story line. Some parts were really funny and I was frequently either smiling or staring open mouthed at what happened.
The thoughts of one character although well written didn't fit with the book's target readership. However, there were points where it did make sense making it a minor issue, so I give this 9/10.
Be sure to check out the dedicated Kevin's Point of View website.
Another funny and surprisingly emotional read is The Donut Diaries of Dermot Mulligan by Anthony McGowan.