Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything In It by Sundee T. Frazier explores the world of a young boy who is discovering what it means to be mixed.
Brendan is what you would call a curious kid. In fact, he’s so curious that he keeps a secret book of questions. One question that he is determined to find the answer to is, why did his mother stop speaking to her father. While this question drives him to become somewhat of an investigator, Brendan truly is a scientist.
Joined by his best friend Khalfani, Brendan researches and conducts experiments to get the answers to the questions that baffles him the most, keeping exact records of his findings the way real scientists do. These skills become particularly useful when he confronts the family secret that has been kept from him.
Sundee T. Frazier does not shy away from the harsh realities kids face while going through adolescence, especially when it comes to race. Instead, the author acknowledges these issues head on and tells the story of how one kid deals with these experiences.
I would recommend this book to all young readers seeking adventure in a realistic fictional book. Parents and teachers will appreciate the academia promoted throughout the book as well as the identity issues Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything In It addresses. Even with the honest portrayal of some very sensitive subjects, this story remains light and an easy read. Readers can also find other adventures in the Brendan Buckley series!