*Several of my reading friends read advanced copies of this title and gave the story positive reviews. I was excited when I saw an ARC of the book during #NCTE19 and was able to bring home a copy with me. Today was a gray, chilly Sunday and this was an enjoyable afternoon read.
What It Is About - FIVE Things You Need to Know:
1. *Sutton is a young girl living with her father. She is passionate about robotics.
2. *Luis is a young boy living with this mother. He is passionate about writing, science, and NOT having allergic reactions.
3. *Sutton's parents are divorced and her mother spends a lot of time doing her research in Antarctica.
4. *Luis' father died of cancer. His mother is his world, but can be overprotective at times.
5. *After Sutton and Luis' parents begin dating, these two individuals are brought together whether they like it or not.
What I Thought Of It - Five Observations/Reflections:
1. *This was the perfect story for a wintry Minnesota Sunday afternoon.
2. *The short chapters, alternating viewpoints, and personable characters made for a strong middle-grade story.
3. *I found both Sutton and Luis to be unique, interesting, and fun to read about. They both had incredible passion and interests which made me smile on several occasions.
4. *Joy McCullough did a tremendous job of writing about two families coming together and navigating new, and sometimes stressful, territory.
5. *Many readers will certainly enjoy the adventures of Sutton and Luis, as single-parent families are a major part of our family structures.
Who Should Read It:
*This novel would be perfect for individual readers in grades three through six. I could also see the story being shared as a class read aloud in those same grades. Readers from single-parent homes would also be able to relate to the story of these two young characters. Happy Reading!
Rating: 4 STARS out of 5 Stars