51Z5ixyY2+L.jpgSCHOLASTIC brings this interesting UK title to the states on June 2nd and it’s one young readers will enjoy.

The main character, Maxwell Beckett, is not the most likeable person to be around. Case in point: Teachers spend a lot of their time correcting his constant misbehavior. He talks behind the back of his only best friend with not very kind comments. Worst of all, Maxwell ruins the big school fundraiser and the whole town is mad at him.

But our young protagonist (antagonist?) does have a good side. He saved his dog, Monster, from getting run over and he regularly visits the old next door neighbor whose memory is not what it used to be. He also helps his bullied sibling. The problem for Maxwell is everyone only sees the bad side of him. He wishes he’d never been born and his wish comes true.

Maxwell still exists but no one knows him. He’s a new face to his parents, older sister, and former best friend Charlie. There’s also no beloved dog as the rescue took place in his erased life. Is this the existence Maxwell really wanted?

The first person narration takes you through all the emotions of being the bad kid. The heart of the story comes from the realities of why Maxwell is the way he is and what he does to make things better. Perfect for all contemporary MG readers who enjoy a little magical realism on the side.


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THE DAY I WAS ERASED by Lisa Thomson

1. “It’s a Wonderful Life” when you finally realize it.

2. Reg, the elderly next door neighbor, plays a pivotal role in the plot and goes beyond the stereotypical senior with a failed memory. He’s a man you’d want to be friends with.

3. The satisfying ending put a smile on my face.

4. The scene in the principal’s office with parents, teacher, and student happens often in our educational system. Maxwell made it worthwhile as the outcome is unexpected.

5. A great read-aloud with plenty of opportunities for discussion. Divorce, the meaning of friendship, and seeing the other side of people would easily kick off the conversation


I wrote my first book when I was nine. When I was little I really wanted to have horse riding lessons but my parents couldn’t afford them so I wrote a (very) short book about a girl who started a rescue home for horses. I could then immerse myself in the horsey world I was so keen to join. I even did my own illustrations! I found the book when I was about thirteen and was so embarrassed about it I ripped it up and threw it away. Big mistake. I’d love to see that book now. (Oh and I did get to go on a horse when I was in my 20’s and I was so scared I asked to get off.)

For more facts and a look at Lisa’s other books, take a trip over to her web site.


I received an ARC in return for my honest review. Be sure to make a comment below.

And this little teaser before I go: In seven days I’ll have ALWAYS in the MIDDLE’s BIGGEST GIVEAWAY ever. Hurry back for all the details!

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10 Responses to THE DAY I WAS ERASED

  1. Natalie Aguirre says:

    Yes, this does remind me of A Wonderful Life. The title and story line is intriguing. Cool that it has a male main character too. I’ll try to get this at Libby or my library.

  2. I did like this one. It had enough twists to keep me interested. I also liked Kessler’s Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins, Welford’s What Not to do if You Turn Invisible, and of course, Clements’ Things Not Seen. Haven’t looked at electric blankets the same way since reading that!

  3. Matt Sweeney says:

    Looks interesting for sure. I’m intrigued by what unexpected outcome happened in the office. Thanks for sharing, and as always, for hosting!

  4. This sounds like a book I would like to read (if the library ever reopens). Thanks for sharing it and have a great reading week.

  5. Completely Full Bookshelf says:

    This sounds like an excellent book! I can imagine that a lot of kids would feel better about themselves if they could see the positive impact they have had on others just by existing. Thanks for the great review!

  6. This had to be a tad complex to write when Maxwell’s wish comes true — he’s no longer a brother, son and friend. He’s completely unknown, but has a chance to find himself — pardon the pun. Think I’d enjoy this read. Excellent review. Would have enjoyed reading the book you wrote at age 9.

  7. This certainly sounds like a unique concept. The cover art is very clever and will be appealing to MG readers. Thanks for sharing this one with us for MMGM.

  8. I love the idea of this book. It’s something MG kids can really relate to. Thanks for the heads up. I will look for it.

  9. This sounds like a book I will enjoy. I like that he gets to see what he would be like if his life took a different path. Something many people think about. I can see how this book would be appealing to kids. Thanks for putting this on my radar.

  10. Andrea Mack says:

    Wow! This sounds like book with an idea that is very much from a kid point of view! Love the title!

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