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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