My initial reaction to reading this book is, "Wow."
Kristen Zajac caught my attention right away with her depiction of the sounds produced by the band where the main character, Patrick, plays the drums.
But that's only the beginning.
When he and and his family meet Charlie, a homeless man who is a Vietnam War Veteran, Patrick is inspired to find a way to help people in that situation.
And he does!
With the help of his sister, his friends, and his church, he inspires the community to come together and create a place where veterans can get food, clothing, health care, counseling, and job training.
And Patrick and his band help provide entertainment for them.
The Veteran's Clubhouse shows kids that even they can make a positive difference in the world.
I love the illustrations by Jennifer Thomas Houdeshell because they look like real people and their facial expressions help tell the story.