I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Finding Orion by John David Anderson
Published by Walden Pond Press on May 7, 2019
Rion Kwirk comes from a rather odd family. His mother named him and his sisters after her favorite constellations, and his father makes funky-flavored jelly beans for a living. One sister acts as if she’s always onstage and the other is a walking dictionary. But no one in the family is more odd than Rion’s grandfather, Papa Kwirk. He’s the kind of guy who shows up on his motorcycle only on holidays, handing out crossbows and stuffed squirrels as presents. Rion has always been fascinated by Papa Kwirk, especially since his son—Rion’s father—is the complete opposite. Where Dad is predictable, nerdy, and reassuringly boring, Papa Kwirk is mysterious, dangerous, and cool.
Which is why, when Rion and his family learn of Papa Kwirk’s death and pile into the car to attend his funeral and pay their respects, Rion can’t help but feel that that’s not the end of his story. That there’s so much more to Papa Kwirk to discover.
He doesn’t know how right he is.
Finding Orion is a unique story that starts with fried chicken flavored jelly beans and a clown announcing the death of Papa Kwirk. Orion and his siblings were named from a constellation and his sisters are both unique in their own way as well – one a swordfighter and the other a walking dictionary. Orion feels he has never fit into his odd family, being normal – but through the death of Papa Kwirk and the events that happen after, he finds that he enjoys the craziness of his family.
Although Orion is the main character, I feel that he was somewhat in the background at times, along for the ride of the “Funn-eral” and the scavenger hunt for his grandfather’s remains. He participates but is a bit of an observer at times, helping when needed and probably one of the best kids I’ve met in literature, going along with all this craziness with little complaint. It’s definitely a story with many laugh out loud moments and eyebrow raising moments.
Possibly the most interesting quirky book I’ve read in a while, definitely one to give a read to.
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