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Candi Milo
Candi Milo, author
Author Candi Milo free up in one of California's first halfway houses for the mentally disabled and emotionally disturbed, opened by her father, an ex-nightclub performer in 1969. She was eight. She tells the tale with humor and a dry-eyed sense of pathos and we learn the true meaning of family, acceptance and unity through her telling. Kirkus Reviews rated highly favorably.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.00 out of 10


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