Middle of Nowhere

Middle of Nowhere

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Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize, shortlisted for the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award and the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, and selected as an OLA Best Bet for 2012

At first Curtis isn't that worried when his mother doesn't come home from her all-night job at the local gas bar. She'll be back, he's ten out of ten positive. After all, she promised she would never leave him again.

Besides, Curtis is used to looking after himself and his five-year-old brother, Artie, and for a time he manages things on his own, keeping their mother's absence a secret. He knows exactly what will happen if any of the teachers find out the truth. He remembers his last horrible foster home all too clearly.

Curtis gets pretty good at forging his mother's signature, but when the credit card maxes out and the landlord starts pressuring for the rent, it's more than a twelve-year-old can handle. Just in time, Curtis and Artie make friends with Mrs. Burt, the cranky, lonely old lady who lives across the street. And when the authorities start to investigate, the boys agree to go with Mrs. Burt to her remote cabin by the lake, and the three of them abscond in her 1957 Chevy Bel Air.

At the lake, the boys' days are filled with wood-chopping, outhouse-building, fishing, swimming and Mrs. Burt's wonderful cooking. But as the summer sails by, Curtis can't stop thinking about his mother's promise.

Then the weather grows colder, and Mrs. Burt seems to be preparing to spend the winter at the cabin, and Curtis starts to worry.

Have they really all just absconded to the lake for a summer holiday? Or have the two boys been kidnapped?

Set in Vancouver and the B.C. wilderness (the trip to the cabin involves a hilarious white-knuckled road trip through Hope), this is a book that reflects Caroline Adderson's many writerly strengths -- her "wit and a facility for dialogue, good pacing and a brisk, clean prose style" (Globe and Mail), her "close observation of telling details" (Quill & Quire) and her ability to "celebrate a child's imagination in a realistically humorous way" (Canadian Materials).

Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi, 2013, c2012
ISBN: 9781554981328
Branch Call Number: J ADD
Characteristics: 214 p. ;,20 cm

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jayfeather_06
Jun 23, 2018

This book is slightly boring to read, there is not much adventure either.

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gabbyparker1964
Jun 18, 2017

I actually didn't finish this one because I didn't have enough time but a couple people have filled me in on the ending. I loved it how Curtis and his little Bother Artie's mother doesn't come home forcing them to break laws and live on the edge. I didn't get that far in the book but apparently, the lady across the street takes them to her cabin in "the middle if nowhere " and they have to adapt to first of all living in an unknown place where there is not a car in sight and second of all living without a mother or father . Overall 5.0 stars ;)

branch_reviews Mar 20, 2013

Curtis is 12 and his brother Artie is 5 when their mother disappears. Not wanting to go back into foster care, Curtis tries very hard not to let anyone know that he and Artie are alone. When he starts doing odd jobs and favours for old Mrs. Burt across the street, he realizes she could be a big help to them. When school gets out, the three of them journey up to her old cabin, in the “Middle of Nowhere” and they spend a blissful summer learning about wilderness living. An easy read with very strong likeable characters. Audience Reading Level: Gr. 3 - 5 Reviewed by JK

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jayfeather_06
Jun 23, 2018

jayfeather_06 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 9

branch_reviews Mar 20, 2013

branch_reviews thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 10

themkwjeremy13 Jun 30, 2012

themkwjeremy13 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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jayfeather_06
Jun 23, 2018

Coarse Language: the main character says hell

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