Bibliographic Information: Park, Barbara. Mick Harte Was Here. New York: Knopf, 1995.
Brief Annotation: Mick and Phoebe were practically twins; with only ten months separating them. They were inseparable. They enjoyed wresting and playing pranks on people. However, one day while leaving school on his bicycle, Mick was hit and suffered major head trauma that led to his death. Phoebe must learn to understand and cope with the death of her brother. In the end, Phoebe discovers that although Mick is gone he actually is everywhere.
Grade Level: 4-5
Reader who will like this: Students will find this story relatable if they have suffered from a death of a family member or a close friend. Mick Harte was Here describes the up and down feelings people experience after a death. Students will find comfort when reading this book.
Rating/Response: 4. I couldn’t put the book down. I found Mick Harte was Here to be a warming story focused on coping with a loss. I believe it took a confusing topic, such as death, and made it easier for students to understand the feelings and actions that someone their age goes through.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever experienced the death of a close friend or family member? How did you initially feel?
Reading Strategy: Free Choice (Chapter)
Rationale for Strategy: I chose Mick Harte was Here because I believed students would not only be able to make connections, but they also would learn about dealing with a death. The story also stressed the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a bike, which I think most children overlook its importance.
Posted by: Kelsey Peterson