This is Endy, Jessica’s daughter! I enjoy reviewing the middle grade books.
This book has a lot of really sad things! I really liked how Callie kept going always trying to see the good things around her. I try to do the same thing. This is a book that will keep you going even though sad and bad things happen in your life. I really liked both Callie and Cassius, they were both great characters. This story really makes me want to visit NYC in the future. I know that my mom has never been there either. I think I would really like to visit some of the museums that they visit in this book. This book will appeal to readers of higher middle grade and lower young adult.
This book has a slight fantasy feel to it. And it’s one that I couldn't put down. I do wish that it would have been a little longer as I think there was more that could have happened. But it’s one middle grade story that I really enjoyed.
Bestselling middle grade author Lisa Papademetriou is back with a playful, poignant story that will resonate with anyone who’s ever had to learn that love means accepting people—even yourself—for who they really are.
Callie never meant to let it go this far. Sure, she may have accidentally-on-purpose skipped a day at her fancy New York City prep school, but she never thought she’d skip the day after that! And the one after that . . . and . . . uh . . . the one after that.
But when everything in your real life is going wrong (fighting parents! bullied little brother! girls at school who just. don’t. get. it!) skipping school starts to look like a valid mental-health strategy. And when Callie runs into Cassius, a mysterious and prickly “unschooled” kid doing research at museums all across the city, it seems only natural for her to join him. Because museums are educational, which means they’re as good as going to class. Right?
Besides, school can wait. What can’t wait is the mystery of why her grandmother seems to wish she could travel back in time to 1986, or what she wants so much to relive there. As Cassius helps Callie see the world in a whole new light, she realizes that the people she loves are far from perfect—and that some family secrets shouldn’t be secret at all.
Age Range: 8 - 12 years / Grade Level: 3 - 7