Plot: When Milo’s dad builds a home for mentally ill and emotionally-disturbed people called the Milo Arms Board and Care Home, the impact on the family is tremendous. This story sheds light on Milo's childhood in the middle of her father's business and on the aftereffects of political decisions that have serious consequences for everyday people. The shame of the Milo family business feels believable and relatable.
Prose: This book is very well written, with a wry sense of humor. Although the content is often hard-hitting and sad, Milo's humor keeps it from overwhelming the text.
Originality: Milo's childhood story is original and interesting, with many authentic references to the time period. Her unique perspective on the shockwaves resulting from her father's business is riveting.
Character/Execution: Milo—an eight-year-old girl exploring her non-traditional childhood and ever in search of her father’s love and approval—is well-developed and will resonate. The author's concerns and reflections will move readers.
Date Submitted: January 21, 2023