Humdrum and boring, that is the sad life of our hero, ten-year-old Ernest Morlaisse, who lives in Paris with his very old, very quiet grandmother. It’s the same old breakfast, same old route to school, same old healthy snack, no phone, no TV, and no computer. But, believe it or not, Ernest is actually okay with all this, since he doesn’t really know any better. That is, until Victoria, the new girl in class, scoops him up into her boisterous, messy, wonderful life in a huge, loving family, and he discovers the fun of even simple everyday things like grocery shopping, running in the park, and holding a baby. He even gets the courage to search for his long-missing father. Secret Letters from 0 to 10 by Susie Morgenstern is a feel-good story, packed with humor and heart that says it’s okay to live life in a BIG way!
Book reviewed by Mary Ann S., Assistant Head of Youth Services