How to go on an unplanned trip with your grandma:
–Grab a suitcase: Prepacked from the big spring break trip that got CANCELLED.
–Fasten Your Seatbelt: G’ma’s never conventional, so this trip won’t be either.
–Use the Green Book: G’ma’s most treasured possession. It holds history, memories, and most important, the way home.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
–A Cell Phone: Avoid contact with Dad at all costs. Even when G’ma starts acting stranger than usual.
Set against the backdrop of the segregation history of the American South, take a trip with New York Times bestselling Nic Stone and an eleven-year-old boy who is about to discover that the world hasn’t always been a welcoming place for kids like him, and things aren’t always what they seem–his G’ma included. Real historical elements like the Green Book, the subject and namesake of the recent Oscar winning film, make this an educational and powerful read.
tl;dr: I will read anything Nic Stone writes.
Longer answer: I have a particular interest in reading stories about race relations, especially those written for a middle grade audience. I also love seeing multitudes of Blackness in print. Knowing what to expect from Stone means that I’m going to see representation at its best.
Also, I didn’t learn anything about the Green Book until I was an adult. My wife and I went to a museum exhibit on the history of Route 66 a few years ago and there was one on display. I was enthralled by it.
Also, I will read anything Stone writes.