CM . . .
. Volume XXII Number 32. . . .April 22, 2016
Jonah finds himself in the middle an identity crisis, awash in self-doubt and insecurity. His older brother constantly bullies him, and his parents don’t seem to notice; his best friend is perfect—athletic, confident and good looking; his friend’s girlfriend hates him and doesn’t hesitate to express it; and no one seems to understand what Jonah is going through. One morning, he is watching his friend win at basketball when an odd man comes up to him and offers him a magic disposable camera. Initially dismissive, Jonah soon discovers that, when he takes a picture of someone with the camera, he becomes that person. The camera offers him 12 chances to experience life as other people. Lucky Jonah follows Jonah as he uses the camera and discovers that he didn’t know as much about his friends and family as he thought he knew. He also discovers some unintended consequences of the magical camera. It doesn’t always take a picture of the person he thought he was aiming for, and, as a result, he ends up in a series of escalating catastrophes.
Lucky Jonah covers serious topics, but the gentle humour of the novel prevents it from being too heavy. The novel is a well-written and highly enjoyable read, recommended for school and public libraries.
Tara Stieglitz is a librarian at MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB.
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