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Dear Sylvia by Alan Cumyn

Dear Sylvia

by Alan Cumyn

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I'll admit I only chose this because of the title. The whole book consists of (mostly unsent) letters from a young boy named Owen to his girlfriend Sylvia, who has just moved away. Owen is always earnest, but the letters turn out funny as he and his brothers get into various sorts of mischief. The family has to learn to adapt when Owen's father quits his job to write a book. I think it must be aimed at kids under 10, but there is some mild adult subtext about the father's midlife crisis. The hapless Owen is a sympathetic character as he struggles with school (especially spelling) and with the changes at home. It was a fun story, and I would read the other books in the series if I came across them.
  SylviaC | Oct 3, 2016 |
Delightful. Only adults will "get" what's really going on with Owen's parents. Laugh out loud funny with a dark blue thread woven through. ( )
  fountainoverflows | Jul 31, 2011 |
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Owen Skye can’t forget about his true love Sylvia, even though she’s moved away. He still has the stationary set she gave him for his birthday, and so he decides to use it to write her. Owen is a true writer in his head but getting the right words onto the page is another story. As he nervously begins to write, young readers easily identify with his struggles against spelling, his writer's insecurity, and his deep desire to tell Sylvia the truth about what's going on in his life — and in his heart. Owen manages to write about how his little brother got his head stuck in the banister, the disastrous camping trip with his irritating cousins, and how his new baby cousin will only stop crying if he holds her. . . but writing the letters is only the first step. Will Owen have the courage to send them? Will he ever see Sylvia again? Alan Cumyn has given his well-loved series a new and original twist in this irresistible epistolary novel.

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Owen labors to write a series of letters to his true love, Sylvia Tull. But will he ever find the courage to send them?

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