Surprise, surprise--a book I actually read! Thanks, Luka, for the loan. I took all semester on this one, just because I was trying to read it during SSR time at school, and then I got sick of nibbling on the edges and just had to jump in and finish it! An incredibly powerful book about love and loss and 9-11, as seen through the eyes of a 9-year-old narrator, Oskar, who would have a unique take on life without the loss of his father in the Twin Towers. I found the most surprising character to be that of the mother, who I thought was very hands-off and uncaring through much of the book, only to find that the greatest gift is for a parent to allow a child to follow their own path in life (but she does it in the most incredibly loving way imaginable). I think I need to read more from this author!