|Re: The Sea Shack by Mark McNulty
This work of fiction is a wonderful book and treasured by my entire family. Mark McNulty is a local author and elementary school teacher. This debut novel has captured the imagination of veryone I know. It’s the story of a young boy who is devastated when his father must leave him for a couple of months during the summer school vacation break. Young Andrew O’Brien feels betrayed and abandoned when he must spend a summer with a grandfather he barely knows. The grandfather lives in an old sea shack on the shores of the Cape Cod national Seashore in Truro, Massachusetts. Andrew has been relatively ‘spoiled’ until this seemingly dark point occurs in his young life. The idea of spending the summer with his grandfather in this stark environment does not thrill him. He is used to having his friends and video games and whatever amuses a young boy of his age. He is thinking this will be the most miserable summer of his life and
he is determined to lash out. Meanwhile, his grandfather has plans of his own. Well, the story unfolds with a few twists and young Andrew experiences a summer he will never forget.
This book is rich with compelling characters and it deals sensitively with some otherwise very emotional issues. And, it does so without being
depressing. The value lessons are terrific and you learn to appreciate Andrew and “Grampy” as they get to know more about each other and themselves. The character growth is an interesting development in the story; nicely done by the author.
I understand the author wrote this book with middle readers in mind. But, this book is to be enjoyed by the adult community as well. I’m looking forward to more books from this young author.
by Myra Kelleher on Monday October 04, @11:16AM