For four long months, ten-year-old Cass has been dreaming of the day her mom, Toodi, will come home. But when Toodi's welcome back party takes a turn for the disastrous, Cass finds herself stuck alone with her dull-as-dirt dad, who insists that they set off for the summer on a mysterious adventure-just the two of them. It turns out Cass's dad has some big-time surprises up his sleeve. Once they hit the road in an old RV named The Roast, he introduces her to the amazing power of "Sway," a seemingly magical force that can bring inspiration and joy to people in major need of help. Cass can think of one particular person who could really use some Sway. If only she could track down Toodi, Cass knows she could convince her mom to come home. But with the help of a little home-spun magic, Cass realizes that the things she needs most have always been within her reach.
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A great story of finding sway (belief-strength) with her dad after mom left them. The story feels real, school, home, family, and travels with dad.
I don't read very often because I like stories that stick with me for a long time and this one is one of those. Very refreshing, and encouraging.
Good Intent / Poor Writing
This book opens with very weak and very poor writing. It made me feel, as a reader, that the author believes young people are simple and weak minded. The language is so juvenile that even my kids feel it is all baby talk!
It is too bad that the author and publishers do not recognize the need to use writing to promote engaging thought and understanding in children, without taking what I will call the "dumb approach"!
Books for young readers have been written for centuries using simple language yet, while still maintaining a level of maturity that allows readers of all ages to enjoy the story. This book is like a juice drink, instead of real juice...the deep and valuable substance is not there, just the idea of a valuable story is present.
I recommend skipping it, even for free!