Kevin’s Point of View by Del Shannon
Kevin Tobin is a relatively ordinary 12-year-old dealing with the aftermath of his father’s death in a mountain biking accident near their home in Boulder, Colorado. To escape from his emotional turmoil, Kevin has developed his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonizes his sister through his superhero antics on an average Wednesday morning, his ability to escape inside a character’s head become critical to his survival after his life is once-again turned upside down a year after his father’s death. A mysterious package arrives in the mail, Kevin and his best friend are hunted down by a ruthless villain set upon world domination, and after enlisting Kevin’s teenage sister and her pizza-delivery boyfriend in a battle for control over time itself, the secret of Kevin’s whole existence is revealed to him by a source we never expected. Del Shannon’s imaginative story, appreciation for the powers of family and the desire of young boys to both escape reality and prove themselves within it, and fast-paced, adventure-filled storytelling style make this a book with wide appeal for readers of all ages. (Goodreads)
When the opportunity to read this book was presented, I jumped at the chance because it sounded like something my daughter, Chloe (a past reviewer on this blog) would enjoy.
Here’s it is in her words:
Kevin Tobin has had a vivid imagination ever since his father’s death. In his world he can be anyone from a famous hockey player with a Russian rival to a superhero accepting an award. And that comes in handy when a crazy man begins trying kill to him to reclaim the time machine mistakenly sent to Kevin.
A year after his father’s death, “Lieutenant Tobin” (that’s Kevin) is delivered a mysterious package containing a time traveling device called the Influxitron. Kevin keeps it with him, though he has no idea what it is or what it can do. But the machine’s villainous owner, Devin Talon, comes after Kevin and his friend as he seeks to get the Influxitron back. After running from the man for days, the boys are forced to ask Kevin’s sister and her boyfriend for help and they make a decision that will change Kevin’s life forever.
Kevin’s Point of View is a funny, quick-moving, adventurous read that will be loved by both children and adults. Del Shannon has written a wonderful book.
Crush Intensity: 4/5 Chloe loved this book. She wants to share it with her friends. Although she didn’t include it in her review, while she was reading she kept telling me how funny it was. I’ve started Kevin’s Point of View as well, and I think it’s really cute if you are a fan of middle school books (I am). Chloe has actually told me the entire story (I know!) and it’s very creative and has a pretty great twist. I’m still looking forward to watching it unfold.
Thank you to Del Shannon for sending me a copy of this book!