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Wrong Way Summer



by
Heidi Lang

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Abrams
Imprint
Amulet
ISBN
9781419736933
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Cruelty to Animals
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JLG Category

PG Middle Plus

Claire used to love her dad’s fantastical stories, especially tales about her absent mom—who could be off with the circus or stolen by the troll king, depending on the day. But now that she’s 12, Claire thinks she’s old enough to know the truth. When her dad sells the house and moves her and her brother into a converted van, she’s tired of the tall tales and refuses to pretend it’s all some grand adventure, despite how enthusiastically her little brother embraces this newest fantasy. Claire is faced with a choice: Will she play along with the stories her dad is spinning for her little brother, or will she force her family to face reality once and for all?

Equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking, Wrong Way Summer is a road-trip journey and coming-of-age story about one girl’s struggle to understand when a lie is really a lie and when it’s something more: hope.

Author's note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Cruelty to Animals

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.3: points 8

Lexile

630L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2020

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Storytelling. Fathers and daughters. Single-parent families. Brothers and sisters. Automobile travel. Secrets. Friendship. Crushes. Financial hardship.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Claire’s unemployed dad Scottie has always been in search of The Grand Adventure, but even Claire is astounded when he converts a Sprinter van into a camper (without plumbing) and sells their home, telling Claire and her younger brother Patrick that it’s time to hit the road and find their own grand adventure. Along the way, he shares the allegory of their mythical great-grandparent, Edgar “Wrong Way” Jacobus. Angry and resistant at first, Claire eventually opens up to the experience, even while she senses an underlying purpose in her dad’s travels that he’s not sharing. When their trip accidentally reconnects them with their estranged mother, Claire learns that family is as much the people you choose as those related by blood. Reminiscent of Dan Gemeinhart’s The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, the only thing that doesn’t ring true about this story is Scottie’s reluctance to tell his children the real reason for their current nomadic lifestyle. The family shares a love of snappy repartee, and even Claire’s preteen angst is periodically overcome by the banter. A semi-happy ending leaves Claire with the realization that adventure can bring painful changes in tandem with improved outcomes. Purchase where realistic fiction for tweens is in demand.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Claire’s unemployed dad Scottie has always been in search of The Grand Adventure, but even Claire is astounded when he converts a Sprinter van into a camper (without plumbing) and sells their home, telling Claire and her younger brother Patrick that it’s time to hit the road and find their own grand adventure. Along the way, he shares the allegory of their mythical great-grandparent, Edgar “Wrong Way” Jacobus. Angry and resistant at first, Claire eventually opens up to the experience, even while she senses an underlying purpose in her dad’s travels that he’s not sharing. When their trip accidentally reconnects them with their estranged mother, Claire learns that family is as much the people you choose as those related by blood. Reminiscent of Dan Gemeinhart’s The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, the only thing that doesn’t ring true about this story is Scottie’s reluctance to tell his children the real reason for their current nomadic lifestyle. The family shares a love of snappy repartee, and even Claire’s preteen angst is periodically overcome by the banter. A semi-happy ending leaves Claire with the realization that adventure can bring painful changes in tandem with improved outcomes. Purchase where realistic fiction for tweens is in demand.

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