Winter 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“Stone takes on the ugly realities of the Jim Crow laws, family stories untold, and love so deep and powerful it’ll make you cry through your smile. Mind you, this is also a hilarious book. William ‘Scoob’ Lamar is on lockdown at home by a dad who refuses to hear his side of why he hit that kid at school, so when his G’ma invites him to her brand new mobile home, he’s all in, even leaving his phone behind so he doesn’t have to hear his dad yell. But when G’ma pulls out her ‘treasure box’ and the Traveler’s Green Book, Scoob realizes this trip may be more than he bargained for. Brilliant weaving of historical realities into a funny, heartbreaking coming-of-age. Welcome to middle grade, Nic!”
— Linda Sherman-Nurick, Cellar Door Books, Riverside, CA
Recommended to me by Flying Pig’s Emily, this book is a fun adventure tale that’s full of heart and doesn’t shy from tough topics. When 11-year-old Scoob’s favorite person on earth G’ma picks him up to take him on a secret road trip, Scoob is thrilled to get away from his tense relationship with his dad and some trouble at school. But his grandmother keeps acting suspicious: not listening to his dad’s voicemails and changing license plates on their RV. A real nail biter, with tons of great emotional and historical context about race relations in the US.
Recommended by Laura
— From Middle Grade Fiction