Odette Zyskowski has a list: Things That Aren’t Fair. At the top of the list is her parents’ decision to take the family on the road in an ugly RV they’ve nicknamed the Coach. There’s nothing fair about leaving California and living in the cramped Coach with her parents and exasperating younger brother, sharing one stupid cell phone among the four of them. And there’s definitely nothing fair about what they find when they reach Grandma Sissy's house, hundreds of miles later. Most days it seems as if everything in Odette’s life is far from fair. Is there a way for her to make things right?
With warmth and sensitivity, Elana K. Arnold makes the difficult topics of terminal illness and the right to die accessible to young readers.
Living in an RV is the last thing 12-year-old Odette Zyskowski wants in fact, it tops her list of "things that aren't fair." But her father took a "voluntary layoff" from work, and the family is selling its California house to care for Odette's ailing grandmother in Washington State. The family (along with Odette's new dog and her younger brother's ferret) sets off on an eventful road trip. Between cramped quarters, car trouble, her parents' rocky marriage, and endless hours of driving, Odette is miserable (not even running helps), and everyone knows it. Arnold's The Question of Miracles dealt equally well with topics of leaving home and losing a loved one, and she has a knack for sympathetically expressing Odette's confusing emotions about those events, as well as feeling disconnected from her best friend and liking a boy she meets. Arnold's descriptive prose and short, episodic chapters warmly relay the family's struggles. It's an engaging, emotional ride as Odette learns the truth of one of her grandmother's sayings: "Even in the bad... there is opportunity for good." Ages 10 12.
Far From Fair
Great Book #relatable😊!