Here in the Real World
Ware can’t wait to spend summer “off in his own world”—dreaming of knights in the Middle Ages and generally being left alone. But then his parents sign him up for dreaded Rec camp, where he must endure Meaningful Social Interaction and whatever activities so-called “normal” kids do.
On his first day Ware meets Jolene, a tough, secretive girl planting a garden in the rubble of an abandoned church next to the camp. Soon he starts skipping Rec, creating a castle-like space of his own in the church lot. Jolene scoffs, calling him a dreamer—he doesn’t live in the “real world” like she does. As different as Ware and Jolene are, though, they have one thing in common: for them, the lot is a refuge.
But when their sanctuary is threatened, Ware looks to the knights’ Code of Chivalry: Thou shalt do battle against unfairness wherever faced with it. Thou shalt be always the champion of the Right and Good—and vows to save the lot. But what does a hero look like in real life? And what can two misfit kids do?
JLG Release: Apr 2020
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Publishers Weekly*, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*
School Library Journal
7 2/3" x 5 1/2"
Level 4.5; Points: 7;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Balzer + Bray
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Infrequent Use, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse
Family life, Friendship, Imagination, Introverts, Gardening, Environmental conservation, Endangered species, Filmmaking, Summer vacation, Self-esteem, Grandmothers and grandsons,