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Written by John Newman

Narrated by Justine Eyre

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

Everyone's given up. Dad keeps burning pizzas, and he doesn't smile anymore. Sally wears only black now and has a terrible secret. Conor plays the drums all night and keeps the neighbors awake. And the dog, Sparkler, hasn't been walked in months. And that's not even counting how terrible things are at school.

But Mimi isn't one to give up.

John Newman has crafted a novel both touching and comic-a portrait of loss, compassion, and the power that comes from sticking together.

Release dateAug 23, 2011

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Mimi and the rest of her family are lost after the sudden death of their mother 150 days ago (Mimi keeps careful track of the time elapsed since her mother was hit by a car while biking). Her father seems almost catatonic and only stirs himself to serve burned pizza for dinner, her sister is acting out and even dabbling in shoplifting, and her brother plays his drums until he finally collapses in the early hours of the morning. Concerns about bedtime, homework, nutrition and dental health are nonexistent, and even though their grandparents and aunts help out regularly they tend to indulge them rather than try to restore order in their lives. Mimi narrates their goings on, and her innocence and worry come through clearly yet in a sweet, understated way.Fortunately, a long term substitute teacher replaces Mimi's previously pregnant teacher, and while she at first seems too demanding she turns out to understand exactly what Mimi needs. Also, a crisis occurs with Mimi's older sister which finally spurs her father to action. An interesting side note about this book: Though Mimi lives in Ireland, she is Chinese. However, it isn't until the very end of the book that the reader discovers that Mimi is adopted while her siblings were not. That quietly added complexity to the grieving process for Mimi and gave the reader even more to think about. I was very impressed with how the author subtly introduced powerful themes such as that one. While it was definitely a tear-jerker at times, it was not dark or melancholic throughout. I highly recommend this book.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Wonderful voice of Mimi--spying little sister, neglected daughter, appreciative friend. Not showy, but quietly reveals much depth in the story and sympathetic, well-evoked characters trying to recover after mother's death.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Narrated by Justine Eyre. Eyre's squeaky, creaky voice seems just right for Mimi, the youngest in the family, especially in sensitive and emotional moments.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Mimi is a story about a girl that loses her mother because of a car accident. This book shows how a young girl deals with the death of her mother and the grief that she lives with.