Sunday, July 31, 2011

Charlie No Face by David B. Seaburn

Charlie No Face
by David B. Seaburn

Published: 2011
Publisher: Savant Books & Publications LLC
Genre: Coming of Age, YA
Paperback: 270 pages
Rating: 5

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When eleven-year-old Jackie meets every kid’s greatest nightmare–disfigured hermit Charlie No Face–his life is changed forever. Despite nagging questions about the death of his mother when he was an infant, the summer of 1959 is shaping up as the best vacation of Jackie’s short life.

He has friends, baseball, his father’s unanticipated vacation from work, and the hunt for Charlie No Face to fill his days. But in a few short weeks, Jackie’s life is turned upside down. He moves in with a distant relative whose shadowy boarder holds the key to Jackie’s past and, perhaps, his future.

Who is this man who won’t go out in the light of day but who roams the woods at night? Could it be?

Charlie No Face is a coming-of-age story in which a misunderstood recluse and a young boy redeem each other’s lives through a most unlikely friendship.

Quote to note:
Gossip is an ignorant person's truth...
- page 157, chapter 14


LISTEN to an interview with David about this book.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): buckeye
I loved this gem of a story! It is a beautifully written coming of age story from the perspective of an eleven year old boy during the late 50s.

There are a few moments that just tugged at the heart and others that caused pause for thought.

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  1. You know this is a fine case of not judging a book based on its cover, because let's be real, if you saw that cover would you dare?! Me either, but a rave review puts it in perspective, and makes me want to read it!

  2. I like that quote "gossip is an ignorant person's truth" - spot on! [living in a tiny town I can vouch for the that] lol

    Seriously, this sounds like an exceptional story, but I think it would make me cry.

  3. Buckeye -- love that. This sounds like an interesting story.

  4. So, I listened to the author and still don't understand the significance of the buckeye on the cover. As an Ohio buckeye I am curious.


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