Seven Clues to Home by Gae Polisner
Published June 9, 2020
Hardcover, 208 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 5/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & Knopf Books for Young Readers, I received an eARC)
An endearing story of love and grief as one girl follows the clues in a scavenger hunt left behind by her best friend, perfect for fans of Bridge to Terabithia and Nine, Ten.
WHEN YOU’VE LOST WHAT MATTERS MOST,
HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR WAY BACK HOME?
Joy Fonseca is dreading her 13th birthday, dreading being reminded again about her best friend Lukas’s senseless death on this day, one year ago — and dreading the fact he may have heard what she accidentally blurted to him the night before. Or maybe she’s more worried he didn’t hear.
Eitherway, she’s decided: she’s going to finally open the first clue to their annual birthday scavenger hunt Lukas left for her the morning he died, hoping the rest of the clues are still out there. If they are, they might lead Joy to whatever last words Lukas wrote, and toward understanding how to grab onto the future that is meant to be hers.
This was such a great middle grade novel. I enjoyed every second of reading it. It’s always tough to deal with such a real subject and do it in a way that’s understandable and makes you feel.
I loved the alternative chapters. Reading from both perspective was an excellent way to have you relate to each of the characters. I definitely teared up a lot while reading the now chapters because I got so much back story in the alternating chapters.
I am excited to read more by these authors, they have a wonderful writing dynamic. It was a nice, quick, moving read that I enjoyed so much.