Back to Blackbrick by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

Author: Sarah Moore Fitzgerald 
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Publishing Date: February 7th 2013
Blurb Description: Cosmo's brother Brian died when he was ten years old. His mum hides her grief by working all the hours God sends and Cosmo lives with his grandparents. They've been carefree days as Granddad buys him a horse called John and teaches him all he knows about horses. But the good times have to come to an end and although he doesn't want to admit it, Cosmo knows his Granddad is losing his mind. So on one of the rare occasions when Granddad seems to recognise him, Cosmo is bemused that he gives him a key to Blackbrick Abbey and urges him to go there. Cosmo shrugs it off, but gradually Blackbrick draws him in...

Cosmo arrives there, scared and lonely, and is dropped off at the crumbling gates of a huge house. As he goes in, the gates close, and when he turns to look, they're rusty and padlocked as if they haven't been opened in years. Cosmo finds himself face to face with his grandfather as a young man, and questions begin to form in his mind: can Cosmo change the course of his family's future?

My Rating: 

My Review:

“There is no such thing as forgetting”

Back to Blackbrick, a book that I couldn’t help flipping open the minute after I signed for the package that contained it, is one of the best books I’ve read so far; it’s so different, so unique.  For one, it handles the extremely sensitive topic of Alzheimer’s, a disease that slowly deteriorates your loved ones into, well, shells of once they once were. Two it’s done entirely from a young boy’s point of view and to top it all off, the tale switches between present day Ireland to Ireland during the World War Two Era, in a large (and a little spooky) estate called Blackbrick.

Meet Cosmo, a boy who lost his brother in a freak accident and his mother (sort of) when she moved some seventeen thousand miles away, abandoning him, which left him with no choice but to move in with his grandparents, and, to add the cherry on top of a not at all perfect cake, is now slowly losing his grandfather, the person he now loves and looks up to most in this world!

And then, social workers come to take him away from his grandparents and his beloved horse is sent away, and the future seems bleak, his grandfather, out of the blue, gives him an ancient key to Blackbrick, a place that young Cosmo has never heard of but runs away too anyway, to honor what could possibly be one of his grandfather’s last lucid moments.

At Blackbrick, a larger than life mansion watch how one young boy unlocks the secrets of the past, how he learns that no matter how hard you try, life doesn’t work out the way you once would’ve liked it too, but how that doesn’t mean that it is not better than what you wanted; and how the past cannot and will not change, no matter how badly you want it to!

This book has so much more, that talking about will ruin, with shocking revelations and a rather quirky how to change the past plan, it ALWAYS, always keeps you guessing.

My Verdict: 

And excellent debut novel by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald as she shows us how, even with a disease that takes the memory of who you are and what makes you who you are away, that there is no such thing as forgetting- READ it!

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