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Clean Getaway

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Boy and grandma's thrilling ride through U.S., family past.

Book Nic Stone Adventure 2020
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Story is a fun ride! with important history along the way

We listened to audiobook and followed along in the text as a family read aloud. It was fun to listen to the light-hearted story, learn about the characters and follow the adventure. It was at the right level for our 8 year old yet engaging enough to keep our 14 year old involved. For our younger, learning more about the Green Book especially struck a note. Looking for more by Nic Stone.

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This multilayered page-turner is heartwarming and suspenseful. With every new development in Clean Getaway, readers learn more about the lives and emotions of Scoob and his grandmother. The tension rises steeply through one clever cliffhanger after another. A particular strength of the book is the way author Nic Stone weaves in civil rights history without ever seeming like she's lecturing or preaching: The conversations between the boy and his grandmother are realistic. She tells him anecdotes from her life, and then the two connect those stories and the sites they're seeing with his history lessons from school. Stone also does an excellent job of presenting this family as loving and supportive (and the boy as feeling loved), even as serious family problems are gradually revealed. She's previously published young adult novels, and this middle-grade debut is strong.

Cartoon-style illustrations by Dawud Anyabwile do a great job reflecting the emotional depth of the text. This book could be a good choice for a reader who's relatively new to chapter books. It can also help parents, grandparents, or even older siblings share personal stories about historical events with young readers. Readers can talk about how current events affect their personal lives.

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