Echo Park Castaways
Then Child Protective Services places Quentin in the house, and everything is turned upside down. Nevaeh really can’t handle watching over anyone else, especially a boy on the autism spectrum. Meanwhile, Quentin is having trouble adjusting and attempts to run away.
So when Vic realizes Quentin just wants to see his mom again, he plans an “epic quest” to reunite them. It could result in the foster siblings getting sent to different group homes. But isn’t family always worth the risk?
There are many different types of experience in foster care, and it's good to have a variety of books like Linda Mullaly Hunt's One for the Murphy's, Galante's Strays Like Us, and Lewis' Scarlet Ibis. There were portions of this that seemed odd to me (Nevaeh describes the people who foster children as either very religious, in it for the money, or old, and she describes a placement where children were forced to make dog beds after school each day before being fed. I'm sure there are horrible foster parents out there, and since Hennessy works with children in foster care in LA, so I will assume she knows more about children in the program than I do. In reality, there are probably some foster care situations that are even worse than the ones Nevaeh mentions.
This book will circulate with readers who like problem novels. This author's other book, The Other Boy does well, and I'm looking forward to seeing what book is next!