THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE by J.B. Cheaney

THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE

Age Range: 12 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

Ronnie takes care of her ADHD little brother, Gee, with more responsibility than usual for a 13-year-old, while developing her own philosophy from a self-help book. Opportunity for a summer vacation emerges when Ronnie’s grandfather arrives at their Missouri home in a brand new RV and a business plan to travel through Kansas for some “wind prospecting.” Mom seizes the chance to recuperate from a broken ankle and convinces Pops to take the children for two weeks. But traveling with an older, quirky loner not used to children proves to be less of a vacation and more of a thrill ride with some alarming moments for all three. Gee’s overactive exuberance and impulsive behavior are quite a challenge for Ronnie, left to babysit at each campsite while Pops is out working. Quoting from her book, Ronnie tries to keep a positive outlook, but when Gee disappears to follow a carnival performer, and her grandfather gets hurt in a motorcycle accident, things get a bit serious, if not intriguing, before they are neatly resolved. While Cheaney provides plenty of “oh-my-gosh” scenarios with Gee’s escapades, the story, as the trip, tends to drag on a bit until the climactic conclusion, despite the crafty, descriptive first-person narrative. (Fiction. 12-14)

Pub Date: May 8th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-375-83790-6
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2007




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