I have a secret. Do not be afraid.
And his uncle's body is gone.
Thus begins a unique exchange between Gabe and a secret correspondent. Flashbacks reveal how Gabe and Vernon's relationship changed their lives, and how war affects soldiers, even decades after the fighting stops. Eventually, Vernon's death is discovered, and Gabe and the mystery note writer must learn to move forward.
The Mailbox is a touching and beautiful story about connections--and about how two people in need can save each other.
For ages 10 to 14.
(From the Middle-School Real-Life Stories shelf.)