Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
Quick, Matthew. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. NY: Little Brown, c2013. 273 p.
This book, on the Iowa High School Book Award reading list for 2015-2016 deals with scary subjects in many ways. Leonard Peacock is virtually an orphan. He has parents, but his father disappeared and his mother is so involved in her fashion design business in New York, Leonard spends most of his time alone. When his mother is around, she barely takes time to speak with him and spends her time on the phone.
In junior high, Leonard had a best friend. After a certain weekend, everything changed drastically, for the absolute worst. Now, Leonard's neighbor, Walt, is his only real friend, and Leonard feels that the only other person he really respects and relates to is the teacher of his Holocaust class. Leonard is slightly obsessed with wondering why Herr Silverman never rolls up his sleeves or wears short-sleeved shirts, but he feels Herr Silverman is honest and cares about each student and tries to make them think.
Leonard's birthday is the event that tips the scale for him, believing that life is not worth living anymore. This is a chilling look into the life of a basically nice kid who can't deal with all the really bad things that have happened to him.
Recommended for grades 9 and above. Review by Mrs. Belknap