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Down the Memory Hole [Kindle Edition]

Bonnie Turner

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A middle-grade novel about Alzheimer's Disease that older folks will enjoy!

His summer vacation is ruined when twelve-year-old Buzz Collins is forced to share his room and emotional space with his grandfather, who has Alzheimer's disease, and his parents forbid him to associate with his best friend, Mitch. The thought of giving up his friendship is heartbreaking enough. But how can he relate to someone who forgets his grandson's name, wears adult diapers, and thinks dog biscuits are people cookies, someone who could die in the night and scare Buzz right out of puberty?

Buzz thinks Alzheimer's is caused by a traumatic event, such as the train accident that killed Grandpa's brother Barkley. When Grandpa's mind wanders and he mistakes Buzz for Barkley, Buzz assumes the role of his great uncle, and in the process he develops compassion and appreciation for his grandfather.

The situation turns deadly when Buzz and Mitch - whose friendship Buzz refuses to end - attempt to cure Grandpa of Alzheimer's disease by recreating the train accident on a hot summer day.

Despite the sad subject matter, Down the Memory Hole is a laugh-out-loud coming-of-age story about Alzheimer's Disease, as viewed through the mind of a frustrated 12-year-old who dearly loves his grandfather, but wishes they weren't roommates. (Ages 12 - Senior Citizens)

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Aurorawolf Books (Bonnie Turner) (Nov. 29 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002IYFFHY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  22 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who says grandpa sitting is easy? July 13 2006
By John Albrecht Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Twelve year old Buzz Collins thought so, but he was wrong.

Everything started when Buzz's grandpa, Baxter Collins moved in. Grandpa Collins, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease was going to be sharing a room with Buzz for the summer. Buzz really didn't like the idea of this at first. He found grandpa quite annoying. Grandpa seemed to go off into his own little world at times, or as Buzz would say, "Driving away in the Alzheimer". Every night, grandpa would count aimlessly until he fell asleep "4...7...2...". Buzz wanted to cure his grandpa's Alzheimer's... he had an idea.

I read this book in one sitting. It seemed as if the pages were turning themselves.

-John Albrecht Jr.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down The Memory Hole April 27 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was a wonderful book, I really enjoyed it, I read the first 70 pages all at once!! I didn't want to stop reading. This story was both sad and funny. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a truly wonderful tale of life and families and the changes they sometimes have to go through.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the most heart-warming book I have read April 21 2005
By Sherry Chaudoir - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This one is a tear-jerker, as I found myself emotionally engrossed, staying up all night long to read the book in one sitting. I just couldn't put it down.

This book realistically exemplifies what happens to many people as they age, and the life and love and letting go that families go through together.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good heart-warming family story.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written, Amazing Book March 16 2011
By Sophie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I could not put the book down. I read it in one sitting. It's one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read. The story is a real page-turner, the characters are brilliantly drawn. It's truly an amazing novel. I only wish I had discovered it sooner!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Feb. 23 2011
By Jimmy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Down The Memory Hole is one I found hard to put down. The author hits the frustrations of dealing with Alzheimer's head on, from the lack of knowledge of the condition, the pain of being afflicted with it, to the lack of help from family members who are not in the household.

Buzz is a typical kid who ends up sharing his room with Grandpa who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, the learning process, outlook, and adventures shared over the summer gives us a heartwarming family story that could happen to any of us, a very good book that I would recommend for anyone whether dealing with Alzheimer's or not, you will not be disappointed.

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