Middle of Nowhere

Middle of Nowhere

Book - 2013
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A middle-grade novel about two maybe-orphans and their unlikely friendship with a cranky old neighbor. At first Curtis isn't that worried when his mother doesn't come home from her all-night job at the local gas station. She'll be back, he's ten out of ten positive. Besides, Curtis is used to looking after himself and his five-year-old brother, Artie. But when the landlord starts pressuring them for the rent and the authorities start to investigate, it's more than a 12-year-old can handle. Just in time, Mrs. Burt, the cranky, lonely old lady who lives across the street, offers to take Curtis and Artie to her lakeside cabin for the summer. As summer sails by and the weather grows colder, 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?

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

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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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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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