The Saturday Boy

cropped-Saturday-Boy_CVR-425x6401.jpgPublished by Viking Children’s Books
An Imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group

Eleven-year-old Derek Lamb likes superhero comic books, Saturday morning cartoons and Chocolate Ka-Blams but he’d gladly trade all of these things to have his father home.  For as long as Derek can remember, his father has been in Afghanistan piloting Apache helicopters for the US Army.  The letters they write each other are all they have to bridge the distance–ninety-one letters to date.  But just when Derek’s best friend becomes his arch-nemesis, a time when Derek could use his father’s advice most, the letters stop.  Derek’s whole life is on the brink of change and he doesn’t even know it.


Praise for The Saturday Boy

The Saturday Boy is funny and poignant, sometimes at the same time, the way life is.”–Sara Pennypacker, New York Times Bestselling author of the Clementine series and Summer of the Gypsy Moths

“Fleming reminds us of the immeasurable value of a handwritten letter, how this tangible connection becomes something we can hang on to, for as long as we need it.”–Suzanne LaFleur, author of Love, Aubrey and Eight Keys

“Debut novelist Fleming ably limns Derek’s manic, Joey Pigza–styled interior life with a light hand, capturing the humorous aspects of the boy’s self-perpetuating problems.” —BCCBstarred review 

“Fleming wields a light touch with the story’s pacing and a steady hand for hard reality in this tender portrait of a boy under stress.” –Kirkus Reviews-

“Fleming has done a superb job of not only making the characters believable, but also of keeping an underlying tension in the story. Children with parents who are deployed will find a kindred soul in Derek, and other readers will come to better understand what it’s like for them.” —School Library Journal

“Fleming’s debut skillfully depicts how the stresses of loss and other forces beyond one’s control
test the bonds of family and friends.” —Publishers Weekly 




The Saturday Boy is a Junior Library Guild and Scholastic Book Club selection.


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