by Frederick Alimonti
Publication Date: August 23, 2011
The Fix-It Shop is a story of a boy, Tommy, who develops a relationship with a new shop owner, Mr. Lunden. When Lunden opens a repair shop in an economically declining town that is losing businesses, the locals are skeptical about the shop’s ability to survive. However, Tommy quickly sees the value and necessity of someone like Lunden being a part of the town.
Although Tommy is wheelchair-bound, it is important to note that the fact is not dwelled upon. He accepts his situation and tends to see the positive in every situation. However, when it becomes clear that Lunden is able to fix everything that is brought to him, Tommy starts to feel that perhaps there is something magical involved. Lunden insists that he is just incredibly capable and knowledgeable, and makes it clear that he cannot perform miracles. Throughout the book, the relationship of Tommy and Lunden grows as they learn more about each other. It becomes clear that there is an importance to every relationship we encounter- and maybe that is where there is magic.
Alimonti has given an interesting story with good values and lessons. However, there is much room for the characters to grow, and the story to evolve. Although the book is geared for a younger age group, perhaps it is underestimating the ability of the reader. The basis of The Fix-It Shop is a good starting point, but would definitely benefit from allowing the reader to become more engaged by creating more of a story. In this case, less is not more, but is a good basis for there to be more.
This book can be purchased at Amazon.com, as well as your local independent bookseller.
For more about Frank Alimnoti, visit his website.