Wrong Way Summer
Claire is used to her father’s stories. They are a bit outlandish, but he has been telling them since Claire’s mother left when Claire was only four and her brother, Patrick, was just a baby, eight years ago. Now Claire’s father shows up with a big van. He says they are going to outfit it like an RV and have a Grand Adventure. Claire doesn’t want to leave her best friend Ronnie (or her slightly younger brother who is suddenly pretty cute), but Claire’s father says he’s sold the house and off they go. There seems to be no plan, but they stop in different places to visit some of Dad’s old friends, and then they leave quickly with Dad always disappointed. They end up at Dad’s sister’s home in Utah when Patrick runs away. Can this family ever get on solid footing?
Author Heidi Lang has written an interesting story of a family in a very realistic crisis of disfunction. There are far too many middle-grade readers who will identify with this story of a broken family, homelessness, parents making lousy decisions, and more. It is a frustrating story to read, but only because it’s pretty realistic.
|Page Count||288 pages|
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