Someone Else's Shoes
September 11, 2018
Twelve-year-old Izzy, a budding stand-up comic, is already miserable about her father's new marriage and the new baby on the way. Then ten-year-old cousin Oliver and his father, Uncle Henderson, move in with Izzy and her mom because Oliver's mother committed suicide only a few months ago. And to make matters worse, Ben, the rebellious 16-year-old son of Izzy's mother's boyfriend, winds up staying with them, too.
But when Uncle Henderson--who has been struggling with depression after his wife's suicide--disappears, Ben, Izzy, and Oliver set aside their differences and hatch a plan to find him. As the threesome travels in search of Henderson, they find a surrogate family in each other.
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This is certainly a sad book. However, there have been a lot of sad books lately that are hopeful, engaging, and fun to read. This is one of them. Izzy has her moments of anger, but doesn't keep them to herself. Ben's father doesn't quite understand him, but he has his uncle to help him, and he's not a bad kid. Oliver needs more support than he is getting, but at least he has Izzy and his aunt. The best part is the road trip, and the details of that are what really make this book shine.
Izzy's interest in stand up will make this popular with readers of Patterson's I Funny series, Stanton's I Funny, and Meyerhoff's The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger. Usually, middle grade novels about students who want to do comedy routines center around boys, so it's good to have this book to go with Cayla Miller's graphic novel Click.
I wish the cover were a bit different, but the story is solid.
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