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This Much Huxley Knows - a moving and joyous story about a special boy.

Huxley is seven years old and he doesn’t quite fit in. He sees the world in a unique way and has a delightful sense of humor that is lost on most people. He’s lonely and a bit isolated. Leonard is an older man confined to a scooter to get around. He’s just moved to town. Huxley and Leonard keep running into each other and start to get to know one another. Huxley is excited to have someone to talk to and is thrilled that Leonard appreciates his sense of humor especially his cute play on words, which he loves doing. But Huxley’s parents suspect the worst and forbid their son to spend any time with Leonard.

This Much Huxley Knows by Gail Aldwin is a lovely book that is enjoyable and insightful. Huxley is one special boy with a good sense of the world around him and a sensitivity way beyond his years. This is a decidedly British book with its talk of Brexit and its distinct colloquialisms, but even being in the U.S., it still captured my heart. The need to belong and be noticed is universal. The book is told in the first person making you feel Huxley’s joy and sadness.

Many thanks to the author for inviting me to read this refreshingly sweet book in advance of its release.

Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.

Contemporary Fiction.

Publication Date: July 8, 2021.

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