The Icarus Show
By Sally Christie
Recommended for Upper Elementary through Middle School
217 pgs. I
“Alex has worked out a foolproof plan to avoid being picked on. Don’t react. It’s so simple, it just might work.”
David Marsh, on the other hand, has chosen his own relentless path, and will suffer for it. Alex who can be such a wuss agonizing over some bully creeps is nonetheless intrigued by David and finds himself drawn into his company. Alex lands up helping David build his project. The plot unfolds towards a dark revelation when Alex comes to understand something about David’s motives. This read gets tense. I think you will enjoy it!
The myth of Icarus: “Icarus and his father attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. Icarus’ father warns him first of complacency and then of hubris, asking that he fly neither too low nor too high, so the sea’s dampness would not clog his wings or the sun’s heat melt them. Icarus ignored his father’s instructions not to fly too close to the sun; when the wax in his wings melted he tumbled out of the sky and fell into the sea where he drowned.” Wikipedia