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The Fix-It Shop | Book Spotlight

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 19, 2011

The Fix-It Shop, by Frederick Alimonti, where kids learn about being perfect without being flawless. This book was written to leave readers smiling, believing in themselves and small miracles.

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Paperback: 116 pages

Book overview: ‘Everything has a story,’ Lunden explained. ‘In fact, most things have many stories. In order to fix something properly, one needs to know more about it than simply what is broken. You need to know its story. It sounds strange, but to fix something, I mean really fix something, involves a lot more than mechanics or engineering. This toaster of yours has quite a lot to say, and, with a little fixing, quite a few more stories yet to gather.’ Taconic New York is a sleepy town. In fact, it’s practically dead. Tommy Jameson wonders what has happened to ‘his town.’ One day, an odd little man opens Ed’s Fix-It Shop. Ed Lunden, its mysterious owner, seems able to fix everything even a hopelessly cracked baseball bat is returned to its owner ‘better than new’ and fit for play. Can this strange man fix only things? Do his abilities extend to people and perhaps even the whole ‘broken’ town? Find out in The Fix-It Shop: A Story of Music, Magic, a Baseball Bat, and a Toaster.

About the author: Frederick (Rick) Alimonti is a lawyer living in Armonk, New York.  The Fix-It Shop is his third published work.  Rick is married with three children and his been writing since College, where he was active in various literary magazines.  Rick’s other publications address such issues as “stranger danger” and the value of diversity.  Additional titles are complete and accepted for publication in the near future.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

  • The story of the Fix-it Shop sounds like something my boys and girls would love to read. Got my fingers crossed!

    October 22, 2011
  • This story sounds like a great way to boost self esteem in children.

    November 2, 2011
  • Wow-eee! Look at all these lucky winners: Heather Duplisea, Linda Kish, Sara Knox, Nancye Davis, Jane Maritz, cheryl Lund, Jo Anne Vincenti, Karen Kayalo, Nathaniel sanchez, Karen Watson, Lee Mandel, Anne Loyd, Stephanie McCarthy, Michele Daley, Staci Albright, Dianna Gardenhour, Mary Rodriguez, Rose Magliozzi, Jennifer Chatham, Maureen Timerman, Regina Zobel, Natalie Figge, Sarah Murphy, andrea mandel, and Marcia Berbeza.

    Each of you mentioned above will be receiving a copy of this book very soon!

    November 17, 2011

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