Book Review: Virgil Creech Takes a Swipe at Redemption by Mark Myers

Virgil Creech Takes a Swipe at Redemption is a fun, whimsical read. Although written for a younger audience it is a read that most ages would enjoy and would be an especially fun book to read aloud to the family.
Right from the start the story draws you in, from the antics and child-like logic of young Virgil Creech and his friend Henry to the quiet old man in the red coat or the grouchy doctor the characters are all vibrant and alive. The reader sees growth and change from the beginning of the book to the end in all the main players but it's the entire cast, young and old, major and secondary that bring the town of Portsong to life. 
I give Virgil Creech 5 stars. 
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What happens when four boys accidently knock out an eccentric stranger and get the mistaken impression that they’ve blinded him? They rescue a mangy mutt from the dump and train it to be his seeing-eye dog, in the hope of absolving their guilt. Further complicating the effort is the fact that one of the boys lays claim to the dog as his own, which sets off a hilarious chain of events as the miscreant plots and schemes to steal the hound back from the old man.

The miscreant is none other than Virgil Creech, youngest of nine bickering brothers in Portsong’s most notorious family. Virgil enlists the help of his only friend, Henry Lee to retrieve the dog, now happily answering to the name Oscar. But the wary Henry begins his own quest for the truth about Oscar’s history. Guided by the dog’s new owner, the kindly Colonel Clarence Birdwhistle, Henry learns about more about life and friendship than he ever does about Oscar.

Set in the 1920’s, Virgil Creech Takes a Swipe at Redemption probes deep into the mind of a boy, which is a shallow thing indeed. Follow Virgil as he plots and plunders his way through school, church, town, and quite possibly into your heart. His antics are hard for even the stoutest soul to tolerate, but don’t write him off just yet. There is always hope that young Virgil might just find his way.

With colorful characters and unforgettable wit, Virgil Creech Takes a Swipe at Redemption will leave you ready to take up residence in Portsong – halfway between Savannah and heaven.