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A story about imagination, cookies, chalk dust, murder, blue diamonds, and family!
When Albert's parents separate and an underground crime rings comes after him, only his imagination can save the day!
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult
The REAL POWER of IMAGINATION
comes from YOUR HEART...
Albert McTweed is a real boy on the brink of a really big problem. PJ McDougal is a cowboy from Albert’s imagination with no real problems at all. But all of that changes one terrible afternoon when Albert’s parents separate, and Albert and PJ actually meet--face to face. From there, the adventure—a blur of reality and imagination—really and not-so-really begins. Albert’s elementary school proves corrupt, a murder of gargantuan proportions takes place, and a bitter betrayal exposes his whereabouts to a gang of vicious criminals led by the elusive Al Godón. And while knowledge is crucial in the real world, it is only Albert’s IMAGINATION that has the power to save his family.
PJ McDougal had just enough time to think. After all, being thrown from a crop duster over the unforgiving desert of Death Valley has never really allowed for much time to do anything else but think. It hardly seemed fair. But so it was.
The Dove Foundation
This young-adult book is vivid with imagination. Albert E. McTweed is a 6th grader with a problem. Albert’s parents have separated, and his dad has moved out. When Albert realizes his dad is gone, he struggles with the feeling that it’s his fault. Alone in his room, Albert can’t stop thinking about everything he could have done differently to prevent his dad from leaving. Just then, Albert hears a knock on his bedroom window, and who should appear but PJ, the cowboy from Albert’s frequent and vivid daydreams.
When the parallel worlds of Albert and PJ start to overlap, the story really gets going. “Partners Again” is written with a kid’s perspective in mind. The author has crafted a well-written, multi-layered and entertaining tale based on the workings of a young person’s imagination. The issue of parental separation is relevant and important in many kids’ lives, and this book deals with it in a unique way. There is even a glossary of some of the more advanced words at the end of the book, which is a great way to help young readers learn new vocabulary.
We do award our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal to this novel. It is a read fit for the imagination!
Jen Weiss Handler - Editor, HarperCollins
A rip-roarin', hootin' tootin' adventure! There's something for everyone...middle graders through adult readers."
Parents Television Council for Clean Entertainment
“Arthur Lee’s new teen-targeted work of creative fiction Partners Again tells the story of Albert McTweed, who is dealing with the separation of his parents. Partners Again incorporates positive elements, such as encouraging children to overcome many obstacles they encounter when dealing with friends, family, and school. The book’s resolution shows that a strong family can triumph over trouble and evil. The writing style is engaging while still at a level which many children can understand. With different chapters presenting the story from different characters’ perspectives, the reader is never bored.”
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