Author: Nixmc Stone
Format Read: Audiobook
Rating: 5 Stars
When G’ma picks Scoob up in a green RV, he’s game for whatever adventure she’s about to take him on. Especially if it means he’s getting out of his grounding.
As Scoob travels alongside G’ma, traveling the same route she travelled many years ago with her husband (Scoob’s G’pa), he’s excited to learn, not just about G’ma but about history – his family’s history and the county’s history as well.
But the more he learns, the more he realizes that something just isn’t right. G’ma has secrets, and the history he’s learning isn’t only scary, but it’s incredibly unjust.
Will Scoob uncover G’mas secrets? And if does, do those secrets come with a cost?
What Didn’t Work:
In all honestly, I loved Nic Stone’s middle grade debut, Clean Getaway. Every aspect of this book genuinely worked for me.
What Did Work:
Nic Stone’s Clean Getaway is a fantastic book, and there are many reasons why. Let’s start at the beginning ….
Stone’s writing is strong, smart, and engaging. Readers of all ages will quickly love the story she crafted. As an adult reader, I truly appreciated how her writing makes, not only Clean Getaway’s intended audience think, but all readers. I also appreciated that she clearly recognizes and appreciates how smart kids are.
Then there are her main characters and their relationship. G’ma and Scoob are complex characters that, I feel, are easy to relate. Scoob is smart, funny, and above all else lovable. G’ma is a real character! She’s got spunk and energy, and from my perspective has a whole lot to offer, not only Scoob but all readers.
The dynamic between these two characters, isn’t only rare, but it’s also special. I love how much they truly love each other, and I couldn’t help but think of my own relationship with my own grandmas.
Both G’ma and Scoob have secrets – secrets that will fill the plot with twists and turns that readers won’t see coming. But that’s not what makes Stone’s Clean Getaway was the history found within the pages. Important moments in our history are present throughout the book. But fear not! This book doesn’t read as a history text book – it reads like a great story full of important historical places and moments.
Obviously, I could go on and on about Clean Getaway! I truly loved this book!
Similar Books to Read After:
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemienhart.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Fresh New Face of Griselda by Jennifer Torres
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