A hilarious new middle-grade from Justin A. Reynolds that asks: What happens when five unsupervised kids face the apocalypse under outrageously silly circumstances?
Twelve-year-old Eddie Gordon Holloway has concocted his most genius plan ever to avoid chores... especially the dreaded L-A-U-N-D-R-Y. If he can wear all the clothes he owns, he'll only have to do the laundry once during his school break.
On the day of the highly anticipated Beach Bash, Eddie's monstrous pile of dirty laundry is found by his mom. And Eddie's day has just taken a turn for the worst. Now he's stuck at home by himself, missing the bash, and doing his whole pile of laundry. But mid-cycle, the power goes out!
With his first load of laundry wet and the rest of his stuff still filthy, he sets out to explore the seemingly empty neighborhood in his glow-in-the-dark swim trunks, flip-flops, and a beach towel. He soon meets up with other neighborhood kids: newcomer Xavier (who was mid-haircut and has half his head shaved), Eddie's former friend Sonia (who has spent her entire break trying to beat a video game and was mid-battle with the final boss), and siblings Trey and Sage (who are dealing with major sibling drama).
As they group up to cover more ground and find out what happened, they realize that their families aren't coming back anytime soon. And as night falls, the crew realizes that they aren't just the only people left in the neighborhood, they might be the only people left... anywhere.
It's been 40 days since the last day of school, and 12-year-old Eddie Gordon Holloway, diagnosed with ADHD, is proud of the plan he's hatched: to avoid doing laundry, he will simply wear everything in his closet until he has nothing left. When his mother uncovers his mountain of unwashed garments, though, Eddie is immediately grounded and must clean his clothes while his parents attend their Ohio town's annual Lake Erie Beach Bash without him. Then the power suddenly goes out throughout the neighborhood, and Eddie, joined by a ragtag group of kids who were also left behind, decides that if they can't go to the party, they'll make their own fun. But once night falls and their parents don't return from the Beach Bash, the group worries they might have to survive on their own. While the conclusion feels abrupt, Reynolds's animated prose and eclectic characters propel this quirky summer adventure. Eddie's community is predominantly Black. Ages 8 12. Agent: Beth Phelan, Gallt & Zacker Literary.