In the book Mayday, Wayne had a great life before. Before his uncle died in the army. Before he and his mom survived a plane crash. Before he lost the only thing connecting him to his uncle, his burial flag. Before he became mute, Wayne used facts to fill in the blank spaces of life. Whenever he talked to Sandy (his sort-of girlfriend), he would break the silence with a fact. When he is comforting his mother, he would tell her a funny piece of information. When he is facing his drill-sergeant grandfather, he would say a fact to make himself feel confident. Without words, he is lost. However, at the voice doctor, he meets Denny. Denny turns into his first real friend to accept his differences. The first person who understands him. Until they have a huge dispute. Will they be able to mend their friendship? Or will Wayne lose his one true friend? Will Wayne find a way to communicate in silence? Or will he be misunderstood forever? Will he be able to find his uncle’s flag and repair his relationship with his mom? Wayne learns the true importance of friendship and finds ways to be heard without a voice. Karen Harrington is a skilled novelist who makes the characters come to life in an unforgettable way.