Four starred reviews!
"Interweaving themes of risk taking and trust, betrayal and forgiveness, Magoon crafts a novel that is genuinely funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting--extraordinary, in fact." --Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Spending time with Styx, Caleb, and Bobby Gene is an experience no reader will soon forget." --The Horn Book, Starred
"Heartening and hopeful, a love letter to black male youth grasping the desires within them, absorbing the worlds around them, striving to be more otherwise than ordinary. Please share." --Kirkus Review,Starred
"A summertime romp filled with trouble-making, camaraderie, and substance." --School Library Journal,Starred
This lively and diverse middle-grade story from the award-winning author of How It Went Downhas the warmth of a modern-day The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963.
Caleb Franklin and his big brother Bobby Gene have the whole summer for adventures in the woods behind their house in Sutton, Indiana. Caleb dreams of venturing beyond their ordinary small town, but his dad likes the family to stay close to home.
Then Caleb and Bobby Gene meet new neighbor Styx Malone. Styx is sixteen and oozes cool. He's been lots of different places. Styx promises Caleb and Bobby Gene that together, they can pull off the Great Escalator Trade--exchanging one small thing for something better until they achieve their wildest dream. But as the trades get bigger, the brothers soon find themselves in over their heads. It becomes clear that Styx has secrets--secrets so big they could ruin everything--and Caleb fears their whole plan might fall apart.
In this madcap, heartwarming, one-thing-leads-to-another adventure, friendships are forged, loyalties are tested . . . and miracles just might be possible.