What Milo Saw - Virginia Macgregor
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Nine-year-old Milo Moon has retinitis pigmentosa: his eyes are slowly failing and he will eventually go blind. But for now he sees the world through a pin hole and notices things other people don't. When Milo's beloved gran succumbs to dementia and moves into a nursing home, Milo soon realises there's something very wrong at the home. The grown-ups won't listen to him so with just Tripi, the nursing home's cook, and Hamlet, his pet pig, to help, Milo sets out on a mission to expose the nursing home and the sinister Nurse Thornhill.
Insightful, wise and surprising, What Milo Saw is a novel filled with big ideas, simple truths and an emotional message that will resonate with everyone. Milo sees the world in a very special way and it will be impossible for you not to fall in love with him, savour every moment you spend with him and then share his story with everyone you know.
What Milo Saw is a book that will without a doubt touch your heart. Milo Moon is a sweet, caring, thoughtful nine year old who unfortunately has a condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa. Retinitis Pigmentosa which means he can only see through a tiny dot. With help from his Gran he has become more aware of his other senses to make up for the things he misses in his periphery vision.
Straight away you fall in love with Milo, his caring, loving nature and the way in which he idolises and looks after his Gran and pet pig Hamlet is both heart warming and heart breaking. His 90 year old Gran Louisa, or Lou to most people has not spoken for over 60 years, instead she writes what needs saying on a note pad. The connection between these two is utterly amazing! When Louisa deliberately sets fire to the kitchen knowing she will be moved to a care home she does it knowing Milo cannot carry on looking after her. When Lou is moved into the care home Milo is heartbroken. He visits every day whilst hating his mother for putting her in this cold, dark, horrid place. Milo knows something's not right there though, and when no one will listen to him he plots to find out what the hell is going on. When he befriends 24 year old Syrian refugee Tripi, the cook from Forget Me Not care home he enlists him to help.
As much as I liked this book I have to admit it did drag on. I found myself becoming irritated with it. I thought the plot and sub plots were well thought out and interesting, characters fresh and exciting. Told from four different perspectives it should have been fast and gripping, but in my opinion It just seemed to get reparative which really is such a shame.
I would recommend this book to you all as I think it's a book that will open up hearts and minds. An interesting, thoughtful read about abuse, religion, and the love of one clever little boy, and his story of about having the courage to help others.