Wednesday, December 5th
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
An imaginary friend can be the best friend a boy’s got. But how can an imaginary friend help when the boy faces very real danger? Max, 8, is on the autism spectrum. His loving parents struggle to make a secure life for him, although his father cannot quite face that his son is different. Max is able to cope with the close quarters of public school, the unpredictable people and the surprises of everyday life with the help of not only his parents, but also his teacher, Mrs. Gosk, and his imaginary friend, Budo. Budo is a lifesaver. Literally. Budo helps Max find words, stops him from running out into traffic, but is thwarted when Max begins to meet with Mrs. Patterson, an assistant teacher, in her car. Privately. And Max won’t let Budo come along. Budo will have to go out into the world alone, and since he cannot interact with any adults, he will have to rely on the imaginary friends of other children to save Max.