The master of everyday drama for the middle-graders, Anna Ehring’s “Isaac’s Universe” is a thoughtful and humorous book about friendship and everyday life. A book for anyone who likes to read books about how it is to be a child and how it feels in the heart and stomach when mom and dad argue and the whirl of misunderstanding never seems to fade.
Isaac is a fifth-grader. He likes basketball, hanging out in the tree house with Albin and swimming. In the swimming pool, in the soft undulating water, Isaac has his place in the universe. There, he is like a killer whale, strong, agile and weightless. There he floats on his back and lets his thoughts wander. Until Blenda looks down on him from the pool edge. Blenda who keeps a tough secret. This becomes a spring full of misunderstandings, parent’s arguments and so much pollen in the air that Albin cannot even make it to school for a long time.