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Publisher's Summary

From number one New York Times best-selling author Nic Stone comes a timely middle-grade road-trip story through landmarks of the Civil Rights movement and the map they lay for contemporary race relations.

How to go on an unplanned road 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 this New York Times best seller and an 11-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. 

"Truly a delight." (Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Newbery Medal winner Bud, Not Buddy)

©2020 Nic Stone (P)2020 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"A road novel that serves in part as a primer on important scenes and themes of the civil-rights movement... [A] poignant caper." (The Wall Street Journal)

"An absolute firecracker of a book." (Booklist, starred review)

"A heartwarming, family-centered adventure that will leave readers guessing until the end." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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Engaging book for students!

I used this book for a fifth grade enrichment group Fall of 2020. Our group was in a remote setting due to Covid-19. The students were so engaged to listen to Scoob and G-Ma's adventure. We laughed, we cried, we had deep discussions of race relations. In a remote setting, it felt nice to connect with students and look forward to traveling with the characters.

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Fresh, Suspenseful, Intriguing and Inspiring!

Great read for older elementary students and middle school students. Overall it is fresh, engaging, suspenseful, and keeps you intrigued! The audio performance made it even greater! I strongly recommend! There are several themes and historic events as well as historical ideals to unpack with a child as they read this. I would love the adult version of this story that unpacks the trauma that grandpa and grandma experienced because of her silence during a turning point in grandpa's life brought on and escalated by her own deviant ways. I would have loved a memorial scene and a real action toward rectifying the trauma she caused grandpa. Guilt is not and should not be an adequate resolve to wrong doing. This story has so much inspiration for further writing!

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Wonderful

Enjoyed every part of this book and loved seeing my son hanging onto every word!

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historical journey

The historical journey that takes place throughout this book gives the reader a clear insight into the turmoil of the 60s

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Awesome!

I listened to this book during my walks every morning and on my way to work. I even bought it for my teenagers to read at their leisure.