Take Finn. He may be the burping champion of the universe. He may be the demon farter of the planet—capable of mind-boggling impressions (a hissing cat, a creaking door in a haunted house, a boiling egg).Or not.
Take Danny. He may be the burping champion of the universe. He may be the demon farter of the planet—capable of mind-boggling impressions (a hissing cat, a creaking door in a haunted house, a boiling egg). Or not.
Danny and Finn. Identical twins. Best friends. Big brothers to Angela. Playing with Donut the dog. Sons of Mum and Dad. Living together in a house on Holt Street. Happy.
All of that is about to change.
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About the Author
Tom Kelly was born in New Jersey, spent his childhood in Belfast, Ireland, and now lives in England with his family. This is his first novel.
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A brick with three holes in it (part one)
I didn't want to put a brick with three holes in it through Old Grundy's window. But I just couldn't think of any other way to get at that stupid stuffed otter of his.
I dug the brick out of the rockery in our back garden. That was on Saturday, the day after I started speaking again, when I finally told them my name. I hadn't said a thing for six weeks. Don't ask me why because I'm not really sure myself yet.
The rockery is my mum's idea of a joke. It's really a pile of rubble left over from the new shed. My dad reclaimed the bricks from a building site because reclaimed bricks are more environmentally friendly. Obviously not all three-holed bricks are reclaimed or better for the environment. I mean, there isn't any law about it. At least none I've heard of.
My dad spent the whole of last summer building the shaky shed. He uses it to keep his dad's carpentry tools in. He doesn't get to use them much because he spends most of his time teaching kids like me. It's one of the slightly smaller things that get him down. The news on TV is another. Sometimes he even shouts at the TV and calls politicians rude names.
My dad doesn't teach me because he said it would be unbearable for both of us. He's sad most of the time now since the thing with Finn. He doesn't speak very much either because he's too busy counting everything he can find to count, and speaking is one of the things my family doesn't really do anymore since Finn.
Putting a brick through Old Grundy's window makes me feel sad just telling you about it. Holt Street,where I live, isn't the kind of street that just leaves eco-friendly bricks lying around. I'm not saying we're poor. We just don't leave bricks lying around, either, if you know what I mean.
That's something you have to know about me from the startI'm always going off on one. My mum says I'm highly imaginative but my dad says I suffer from acute diarrhea of the mouth. So you can take your pick. If you want to, you can skip those things when you feel like it.Finn's Going. Copyright © by Tom Kelly. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I gave this book 3.5 stars out of 5 because it is good but not great (or even fabulous). Though it was an interesting read, it was not my kind of book. The manner in which the story is told, with headings at the tops of the pages and the flipping from past to present is a little distracting. The book itself is seperated into 3 main parts: thinking, doing and going - all of which make more sense when you read the book. Although this book features two 10 year old boys, it isn't necessarily suitable for all 10 year old boys as it contains some lessons in self awareness that might be too deep for some younger readers. As a first book, this one is worth reading but only once.
This book is one of the best I have read this year (and I have read a lot of books this year!). The protagonist and narrator is a 10 year old struggling over the events surrounding his twin brother's "going" (I won't say more to avoid spoilers). But what makes this book so special is the way the author really gets in the head of a 10 year old. This book really reminds you of what it was like to think like a 10 year old.On top of that it is a very good bit of writing. Not that it is uniquely good, but it is a first novel, and based on the calibre of this writing I cannot wait to read his second. This book deserves to be a classic. It deserves to be much better known than it is now. You won't regret reading it.
Tom Kelly did a great job, but i would not recommend this book for a higher level lexile reader. This book is a little bit confusing at first, which is why it is better for a student in middle school. I think that "Finn's Going" would be too hard and confusing for a student in elementary school, unless they have a higher lexile level. The author describes the scenery extremely well. He also describes the actions of the characters very well. You would be able to follow the events very clear if you are a visual person. As I read this book a moving picture, or movie, popped into my head and followed the course of events. I consider any book that while I read a moving picture pops up in my head is a good or maybe even great book! I recommend this book for higher level lexile fifth graders, sixth and seventh graders, and probably some eighth graders. -Gabby Dizon (: