Saturday, September 26, 2015

The King of Average by Gary Schwartz

The King of Average
The King of Average
by Gary Schwartz

My rating: 5 stars

Expected publication: October 13th 2015
publisher: Booktrope
ISBN13 9781513703312
Paperback, 335 pages
 James isn’t the world’s greatest kid, but he’s not the worst, either: he’s average! When he decides to become the most average kid who ever lived, James is transported to another world where he meets Mayor Culpa, a well-dressed talking Scapegoat who recruits him to become the new King of Average.

He’s joined on his quest by a professional Optimist and his grouchy companion, an equally professional Pessimist. Together, they set out on a journey of self-discovery that leads them all the way from the Sea of Doubt to Mount Impossible, the highest peak in the Unattainable Mountains. When James stumbles into a Shangri-la called Epiphany, he uncovers the secret of who he really is.

Follow James on his hilarious, adventure-packed journey to find self-worth in this heartfelt middle grade novel The King of Average by debut author Gary Schwartz.

The King of Average by Gary Schwartz

The King of AverageCan you imagine a mother telling her young child she hates him and he has ruined her life? How much pain must be inside that woman for it to boil out like that and why? James tried to be good, to not be a burden to his mother, but it never seemed to matter. He isn’t the best kid in the world and he isn’t the worst. He is average, like most of us. Join James as he enters anther world where the land of Average needs a new king and off he goes to take the throne. Accompanying him are a scapegoat, an optimist and a pessimist. Those he meets along the way will aid him in his journey to come to love himself just as he is, a special boy with value.

The King of Average by Gary Schwartz will bring you to tears as one lonely and sad little boy searches for somewhere to fit in, where he is wanted and loved. His journey is of self-discovery and learning to have self-worth and to believe he can do anything he wants, if he takes the time to work for it. Meet the quirky characters of this new land, and see the lessons James is taught, designed to empower him and gain self-respect.

Words and phrases we all know and use become living beings who teach James the meaning of who they are. What a wonderful way to add depth and understanding to a child’s vocabulary while gifting them with meeting a young boy who may just feel like them sometimes. Beautifully written, in a style perfect to ensure a young reader is hooked on books, the value in the lessons and understandings taught is priceless. If after reading this, one child learns to feel better about themself, then Gary Schwartz deserves the title Real Hero! Be a hero yourself, read this, give it to a young child to read or share it at bedtime together. Talk about it, get to know how a child interprets what they read, give them the gift of self-awareness and the ability to express what they feel without feeling threatened.

Middlegrade reading doesn’t get any better than this.

I received this ARC copy from Gary Schwartz in exchange for my honest review.


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