Downside Up by Richard Scrimger (2016)

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Fred is in six grade and is still reeling from the loss of his dog Casey. One day, as he is walking home from school, and he loses his ball under a sewer grate. What he finds going after it is an alternate world, where his dog is very much alive.

One thing I loved about this book is the setting. It takes place in Toronto, and considering I’m familiar with the area myself, the street names, place descriptions really resonated with me. It was almost like following him on a path.

The mirrored version that Fred meets of himself, and the mirrored world was also quite well done. I’m sure everyone has wondered what it might be like to find an alternate world, with an alternate you. It becomes clear that the differences between the two boys have quite important implications on how our lives are lived once tragedy enters.

I’m always scared of reading books when there’s a loss of a dog involved, but that is my personal bias entering the picture. This book

The fantastical elements within the piece took a bit of an adjustment for me to get used to, but it added to the whimsical nature of Scrimger’s writing which I enjoy. I look forward to reading a lot more from him in the future.

Recommendations: All ages, it’s the kind of book that is quick to read, and that most of us can relate to in one way or another.


About K2Harvey

Reading, and writing about it.
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