Finalist, National Indie Excellence Award in General Fiction (2011)
When eleven-year-old Jackie meets every kid's greatest nightmare -- disfigured hermit Charlie No Face -- his life is changed forever. Despite nagging questions about the death of his mother when he was an infant, the summer of 1959 is shaping up as the best vacation of Jackie's short life.
Published: January 2011 by Savant Books and Publications
Available in: Paperback and as an e-book on Google Play and Kindle
As a frequent business traveler for more than 10 years I have grown very fond of reading; it is a great way to help pass time when waiting in airports, flying on planes or sitting in a boring hotel room. While I truly enjoy a good book, after the first few years it didn't take too long to burn through everything written by my favorite Authors which has left me searching the rows in book stores, on line options and Kindle suggestions.
Charlie No Face is a heartwarming story that is wonderfully told by author David B. Seaburn. The character development and the relationships vital to the story, blossom and grow beautifully as the story unfolds. The writer's voice is quiet and gentle, leaves you laughing in places and crying in others.
This is really a great story; every parent will hope that their child reacts like Jackie when they meet someone less fortunate than they are. In many ways the greatest exhibition of character is when you stand up for someone that is ostracized and ridiculed. While he is just a boy, Jackie proves that he is more of a man than most that meet the legal definition.
This is a beautiful story of coming of age in a small mill town. I loved the way the author captured the trials and tribulations and emotions of growing up in the late 50's and all that entailed. I found it to be a wonderful look into human nature, both the cruelty and compassion we humans can impart, overcoming adversity, accepting the cards we are dealt and making the most of our life no matter what. While the book started out as a book about the lives and friendship of 2 young boys, it became evident that it was about much more of a story of a young boy finding himself and and realizing what is really important in life.