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  • ISBN: 9780062643926
  • ISBN: 0062643924
  • Physical Description: 321 pages : 22 cm
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2020]

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Summary, etc.: For as long as he can remember, Malcolm has never felt like he was good enough. Not for his parents, who have always seemed at odds with each other, with Malcolm caught in between. And especially not for his dad, whose competitive drive and love for sports Malcolm has never shared. That is, until Malcolm discovers miniature golf, the one sport he actually enjoys. Maybe it's the way in which every hole is a puzzle to be solved. Or the whimsy of the windmills and waterfalls that decorate the course. Or maybe it's the slushies at the snack bar. But whatever the reason, something about mini golf just clicks for Malcolm. And best of all, it's a sport his dad can't possibly obsess over. Or so Malcolm thinks. Soon he is signed up for lessons and entered in tournaments. And yet, even as he becomes a better golfer and finds unexpected friends at the local course, be wonders if he might not always be a disappointment. But as the final match of the year draws closer, the tension between Malcolm's parents reaches a breaking point, and it's up to him to put the puzzle of his family back together again.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 April #2
    *Starred Review* To please his father, 12-year-old Malcolm tries to take an interest in competitive sports, but the only one he enjoys is miniature golf. Even there, Dad takes charge, hiring a coach and signing Malcolm up for a national tournament. Frank, the coach, may be unconventional in his approach, but you can't argue with the results of his teaching, which extend beyond putting skills to broader life lessons. He even facilitates Malcolm's friendship with Lex, a girl Malcolm meets during practice. Caught in the long-term crossfire between his parents, Malcolm has plenty of built-up tension, but the combination of Frank's offbeat coaching and Lex's enthusiasm helps him grow in both putting skills and confidence, while developing an outlook that's all his own. The author of Ms. Bixby's Last Day (2016) and Posted (2017), Anderson divides the novel into 18 chapters, one for each hole of the championship game. Malcolm narrates, musing on the hole's challenges, then looking back and telling the next segment of his absorbing story. The scenes of his parents' bickering are described with sensitivity to every nuance of speech and body language. Readers will cheer when Malcolm finally comes into his own. A well-crafted, emotionally resonant book, brightened by irrepressible wit. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Fathers and sons Juvenile fiction
Families Juvenile fiction
Dysfunctional families Juvenile fiction
Miniature golf Juvenile fiction
Self-doubt Fiction
Genre: Fiction

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