Mick Harte Was Here
By Barbara ParkBlurb: How could someone like Phoebe’s brother die? Mick Harte was one of the coolest kids you’d ever want to meet. Mick was also the kid who would still be alive now—if he’d only worn his bicycle helmet. . . .
Genres: Juvenile/YA, Realistic Fiction
Published: January 1, 1995
My Rating: 4 stars
barely succeeded in holding back tears on this one. Barely. I thought I was going to make it, but the ending--ugh, so sad. Anyone who doesn't wear their bike helmet; I dare you to read this book. That thing will become your best friend.
I'd read Junie B. Jones when I was younger and loved it, and I have to say I'm a bit surprised that these books came from the same author. Both of them are very good, but they're so different. Junie B. Jones made me laugh hysterically, and Mick Harte gave me a lump in my throat.
Mick Harte Was Here is short, but it doesn't need to be long. It gets you attached to the characters, makes you tear up, and delivers its message, all in 88 pages.
Also, the book isn't preachy. The message (Wearing bike helmets can save lives) is presented in a way that doesn't shove it down your throat.
Another thing that made this book so great is that the Harte's grief is presented in a very real way. Barbara Park did an excellent job of portraying their emotions as realistically as possible.
After this book, I am definitely always going to wear a helmet. I don't care how dorky I think it makes me look, or what it does to my hair. I'm wearing it. If anyone thinks that wearing a helmet isn't important, I would recommend they read Mick Harte Was Here.