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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Nobby's Diary by I.R. Walker is the touching story of a man as he struggles to survive with the help of his young friend. When young Spencer comes across a man in his shed, he has no idea how this will change his life forever. Spencer finds Nobby in the shed when he is just looking for a place to stay warm. Nobby is homeless and currently relies on the heat generated by the newspaper businesses for warmth to survive. He and his friends are left scrambling when the newspaper businesses start moving away. Living on the streets is hard enough, but now it is becoming unbearable. However, when Nobby finds out Spencer’s father works for a newspaper, he thinks Spencer can help. Can Spencer help Nobby and his other homeless friends?
Homelessness is a terrible and hard truth. The brave men and women who fight this reality every day are amazing. However, I appreciate how the author depicted Nobby. The reader will not pity him or feel bad for him. Readers will feel endeared and encouraged as they get to know more about him. The 10-year-old Spencer is the perfect ally for the cause and he adds the right amount of brightness to the story. They make an odd pair, but the two learn to trust each other. There is humor in the story and there is a lesson to be learned as well. I enjoyed the interaction between Spencer and Nobby, how they developed a friendship, and how both of them taught the other something new and precious. Nobby's Diary by I.R. Walker is really enjoyable!