My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: January 7th, 2020
Publisher: Crown BFYR
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fiction, Family History, Road Trip, Humour
My first 2020 release!
This is a fun middle grade novel about a naughty boy going on an adventurous road trip across the country with his effervescent and perhaps a little scheming grandma. William is on school suspension and his father is very mad at him. So of course he’s not going to ask his permission to leave with G’ma.
The two of them have a lot of beautiful moments but this clandestine trip isn’t just about making new memories… it’s mainly about revisiting old ones and pondering things long buried. William is excited to see new places and learn new information about his grandpa, a usually sullen topic with his father.
I was entertained by William and his grandma’s interactions. G’ma has as much energy as a child, if not more. She is ready, ready, ready to conquer all US states! Because William is more reserved, calm and just contained in general, the contrast between them is really interesting… and works. But G’ma can be a bit too much at times and her secrets pop out very unexpectedly.
I definitely want to see this author write more middle grade fiction in the future. I loved DEAR MARTIN, a YA novel, but she rocks MG. It’s a memorable and important story inspired by, wait for it, a tweet. That alone got my attention and I only grew more curious as the story progressed. A winner.
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