Poor Barnaby Brocket. A floating boy scarcely fits into a family that prides itself upon complete and utter normalcy. The Brocket parents try for years to correct their youngest son’s disregard for the laws of gravity, but keeping him earthbound with a weighted backpack and sending him to a school for troubled youngsters simply doesn’t straighten the child out. When his floating abilities get him local attention, they decide that something must be done. Something terrible, in fact. Much to Barnaby’s surprise, his own mother cuts him loose from his weighted pack and sends him free-floating off into the world without so much as a second glance. The delightfully silly story follows the buoyant 8-year-old on an exciting journey around the world (and beyond) as he quests to return to his native Australia. Along the way, he meets a fabulous host of characters and learns to love himself for his differences. The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket will especially tickle readers who are fans of Roald Dahl, and they just might learn a lesson about tolerance while they’re at it.
ISBN: 978-0307977625 288 pages. Ages 8 and up.
Recommended by Molly Crumbley, Librarian, Maryland, USA.