It's no secret that most of us are staying very close to home right now. So why not read a book about a road trip to escape from your home for at least a little while? If that sounds intriguing to you, then look no further than the novel Clean Getaway by Nic Stone. This is Nic Stone's first step into the world of Middle-Grade Literature and we sincerely hope it isn't her last.
Clean Getaway follows Scoob, or William, and his grandma as they take a spring break road trip through the south to Mexico. What are they road tripping in? Well, a brand-new RV that his grandma sold her house and everything else she owned to buy. As their journey continues, Scoob learns a few interesting facts about his grandma's life before he was born. He found out what it was like for his grandma, who is a White woman, and his grandpa, who was an African American man, to be a couple in the south during the time of severe segregation and racial tensions. Scoob also learns that his grandma might not be the person he thought she was.
Another great read that might interest you if you have already read Clean Getaway is the novel One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. The book follows Delphine and her two younger sisters Vonetta and Fern in the summer of 1968. Delphine has looked after her younger sisters ever since their mother left and never came back. So when their dad sends them to Oakland, California to spend the summer with the mother they haven't seen in seven years, Delphine gets a bit worried, and rightfully so when they find out about the daycare they've been put in for the summer. This book has great family dynamics and is set at a time in history that we can never learn too much from.
Or you might try The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Katrina Yan Glaser. This story tells the tale of a family, the Vanderbeekers, who live in a brownstone building on 141st Street in, you guessed it, New York City. They actually occupy the bottom two floors, well until the parents break the news that their not-so-friendly landlord, Mr. Beiderman, isn't renewing their lease. This sets the five kiddos on a mission to change his mind, which might lead to some new discoveries about their seemingly grouchy landlord and neighbor.
Once you're done with those titles you should definitely pick up Blended by Sharon Draper. This novel explores the complexities and tensions involved with a blended and bi-racial family. Things for Isabella, the main character, only get more complicated now that her parents are divorced and not exactly getting along. She feels like she has to be two different people and it really starts to wear on her.
The last book we are recommending if you enjoyed Clean Getaway (or really any of the previously mentioned titles) is They Call Me Güero by David Bowels. It is a novel in verse that explores the life of a 12-year-old boy named Güero and his life living in the borderlands. This novel weaves together the struggles of middle school (in general) with the complexity of immigration and prejudice effortlessly.
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