Monday, March 2, 2020

Bibliophile's Corner

Here in the Real World
by Sara Pennypacker

Goodreads Description:
Ware can't wait to spend summer "off in his own world" - dreaming of knights in the Middle Ages and generally being left alone. But then his parents sign him up for the dreaded Rec camp, where he must endure Meaningful Social Interaction and whatever activities so-called "normal" kids do.

On his first day Ware meets Jolene, a tough, secretive girl planting a garden in the rubble of an abandoned church next to the camp. Soon he starts skipping Rec, creating a castle-like space of his own in the church lot.

Jolene scoffs, calling him a dreamer - he doesn't live in the "real world" like she does. As different as Ware and Jolene are, though, they have one thing in common: for them, the lot is a refuge.

But when their sanctuary is threatened, Ware looks to the knights' Code of Chivalry: Thou shalt do battle against unfairness wherever faced with it. Thou shalt be always the champion of the Right and Good - and vows to save the lot.

But what does a hero look like in real life? And what can two misfit kids do?

My Thoughts:
The first middle grade novel I read that was penned by Sara Pennypacker was Pax; it was extraordinary. So when I learned of her most recent book, Here in the Real World, I was anxious to read it too. I loved it! Her character and plot development are phenomenal, and I appreciated the way she included aspects of art and nature. Since the story is set during the summer months, Here in the Real World would make a fantastic summer read for kids! I highly recommend it to readers aged eight to twelve, and to fans of Kate DiCamillo's books.

Click here to learn about the author Sara Pennypacker.

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