Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown always loved summer. Not this year. This year everything is going wrong.
Her best friend, Kennedy, is going on vacation for the summer while Sophie is stuck working at her family’s RV resort.
Her mother is worried about money. And her dad, a long-haul trucker, is gone for weeks. Do they even love each other anymore?
Kids her age who come to the resort every year have changed. Some of the girls are mean. And the boys? They used to be friends. Now there is something else going on, and Sophie can’t figure it out.
The summer is turning into a complete disaster. Can anything save it?
This short middle school novel for 9 to 12 year-olds will appeal to students and teachers who enjoy kids facing real-life challenges.
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The Buena Vista RV Resort perches high on a hill overlooking Flathead Lake in Montana. Every day, as long as the weather is nice, I can see rigs of all shapes and sizes crawl up the hill to our entrance. They pause for a moment while the owners check in with my mom, then rumble to their site behind a golf cart driven by Franklin Twoteeth, the resort’s all around gofer, or my aunt Liz.
I’m Sophie Brown, and I can’t wait to grow up and get out of here. Living at an RV resort may sound like fun, but it’s a lot of work. Maybe that’s why my dad took a job as a long-haul trucker about four years ago. Mom runs the place most of the year with help from Franklin and Aunt Liz.
Aunt Liz used to have a job in Denver—some kind of computer job. She used to get to travel all over the country. Why would anyone leave a job like that to come live in pokey old Polson, Montana?
I wrote that very question in my notebook. It’s a spiral-bound book with a blue cover. With a big, black Magic Marker, I wrote “Property of Sophie Brown! Keep Out!” That’s to make sure my younger brother, Ryker, doesn’t open it. He’s five, so he doesn’t read well, but I made sure he understood exactly what “keep out” means. It’s not only on my notebook. I have it written on a big sign tacked to my bedroom door right at his eye level.
In fact, I made him stand there and look at it so I could tack it at exactly the right spot. Then I went over the words about ten times so he knew what they were and what they meant. When you’ve just turned twelve and your younger brother is five, you have to take matters into your own hands. Otherwise, you’ll never have any privacy.
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“Unwanted by Casey Dawes is a beautiful yet often poignant story of a young girl dealing with tough family situations including addiction, incarceration, and loss. Along with that, she is trying to navigate through those tween years with being the new kid, friendships, and building relationships. So many layers that Dawes addresses in an honest, believable fashion. Well done. I recommend this book for young readers.” ~ JOH