Poppy's life has been turned upside down after her grandma (and guardian) had a stroke and ended up in the hospital. But Poppy is working on a plan to help Grandma Beth so their life together can go back to normal. But when she witnesses an armed robbery, "back to normal" slips even further out of her reach. To keep Poppy safe, the budget-strapped police devise an unusual "witness protection program," wherein Poppy will stay with Detective Brannigan's mother. Soon Poppy is feeling almost at home, even making sort-of friends with a girl named Lizzie and definitely friending Gunner, a beautiful dog with an uncertain fate. But it's still not home. So while she and Lizzie navigate a rocky friendship and plot to save Gunner's life, Poppy also tries to figure out a new plan to save Grandma Beth and their home, all while avoiding a dangerous robber who might be searching for her. But what if Grandma Beth can never come home and the robber is put behind bars? What will happen to Poppy then?
A Million Ways HomeFeaturedHot
The book follows Poppy as she navigates all of these challenges, and I love that A MILLION WAYS HOME exists for late elementary students. The relationships in it are genuine, Poppy is wonderfully flawed, and the action in the book kept me on the edge of my seat while remaining believable. The book’s subtle teaching of important life lessons--friendships, family, grieving, and responsibility—is terrific and age appropriate. In fact, I recommend it to teachers and school counselors as well as student.
Although the book is about a twelve-year-old girl, boys in the intended age group should enjoy it as well. I highly recommend the book.
Excellent action sequences
This was really a page turner, and I enjoyed it. Tween readers love problem novels, and this certainly qualified for that, but there was also a bit of a mystery as well. Great cover, nice details about working with dogs, as well as information about foster care and nursing homes.