UK Publishing Date: 13 Aug 2015. 432 pages.
A beautiful book that seems to be marketed as a Young Adult story but “What Milo Saw” has a message for every age group.
Milo has a degenerative sight problem (retinitis pigmentosa) so he sees very little. His tunnel vision leaves him with a very small field of sight and it will only get worse. It does mean that he notices things that other people ignore and he is training his other senses to try and replace his eyesight.
He lives with his Mum and his great grandmother and a small house-pig called Hamlet. Right up until Gran sets fire to the kitchen and Milo’s Mum puts her in a home.
If you have got a relative in a residential care home this is the kind of book that will unsettle you and set all kinds of alarm bells ringing. Milo starts noticing a number of things that make him realise that Nurse Thornhill isn’t always the benevolent figure that she purports to be. With the help of Hamlet Milo sets out to try and prove to the grown ups what is going on in the home – and ultimately to try and get his gran home.
What Milo Saw is a beautifully simple book that deals with some pretty powerful themes in a unique and poignant way. It is a book that will stay with you long after you have read it. I’ll even admit to shedding a few tears. You’ll know where, when you read it!
If you liked The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time then this is the book for you.
Supplied by Net Galley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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