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Review: Charlie and Me: 421 Miles From Home by Mark Lowery

Charlie and Me: 421 Miles From HomeCharlie and Me: 421 Miles From Home by Mark Lowery
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Piccadilly Press
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Release date: 11/1/18
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Thirteen-year-old Martin and his younger brother Charlie are on a very special journey. They’re going to be travelling 421 miles all the way from Preston to the very tip of Cornwall. By train, bus and taxi, they are determined to get there in the end; and they’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the dolphin that regularly visits the harbour there. But is that the only reason they are going?

It’s a journey that’s full of challenges and surprises. Martin adores his brother Charlie but he’s not like ordinary kids. He’s one in a million. He was born far too early, and ought to have died. And cheeky, irrepressible, utterly unique Charlie is always keeping Martin on his toes – especially on this crazy trip they are now on. Martin is doing his best to be a good big brother, but it’s hard when there’s something so huge coming once they get to Cornwall …

An unforgettable novel that is by turns funny and heartbreaking.


This book was such a sweet, heartwarming and funny read. It also had a rather heartbreaking ending that I was not expecting. I really enjoyed the ride this book took me on.

I really loved both Martin and Charlie. Martin was so kind and caring and understanding to Charlie, which made me really happy. Charlie was just so funny and so much fun to read about. Their relationship with each other was really nice too. I really love reading about good sibling relationships, and they way Martin and Charlie were together made me happy.

I also really enjoyed the story line, and the fact that it had snippets from their previous holiday to Cornwall mixed it. It was really fun to read, and I never found myself losing interest.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I don’t have anything negative to say about it.

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