The Echo Park Castaways
Nevaeh, Vic, and Mara are veterans of the Los Angeles foster care system. For over a year, they’ve been staying with Mrs. K in Echo Park. It’s not ideal, but it’s the best home they’ve found. However, living together doesn’t necessarily make them close. Mara barely speaks, Vic spends most of his time living in a dream world, and Nevaeh is forced to act as a backup parent. Still, they all have good reasons to tolerate each other, doing whatever it takes to keep Mrs. K happy.
But when Child Protective Services places Quentin in their home, everything is turned upside down. Nevaeh isn’t sure she can watch over anyone else, especially a boy on the autism spectrum. Plus, Quentin tries to run away, creating a crisis. So when Vic realizes that Quentin just wants to see his mom, he decides to help him out. This epic quest has a lot of risks, but it may just be worth it if it brings them closer. Through a whirlwind series of adventures (and misadventures), they learn that sometimes the hardest things in life are easier to face when you tackle them together.
JLG Release: Nov 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
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School Library Journal
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Level 0; Points: 0;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 4.7; Points: 11;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Mild language, Harassment
Foster children, Adventure and adventurers, Brothers and sisters, Asperger’s syndrome, Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), African Americans, Hispanic and Latino Americans, Los Angeles, California,