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A Rambler Steals Home
ISBN: 9780544602014
Author: Higgins, Carter
Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books
Published: February 2017
Retail: $16.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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Annotation: Spending each season traveling in their Rambler before settling into a small town in Virginia, Derby and her father and brother open a concession stand at a minor league baseball stadium only to be confronted by difficult news, secrets, and a plea for help.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Baseball & Softball
- Juvenile Fiction | Girls & Women
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Library of Congress Subjects:
Home; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Family life; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016033994
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.50" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Sports, Social Issues, Middle School, Growing Up
Grade level(s): 5th, 6th, 7th
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall)
RV-dweller Derby and her family spend the summers selling burgers outside a minor-league baseball stadium in rural Virginia; this particular summer is difficult due to tragedy in town during the past year. Evolving relationships make for poignant moments, but Derby's sometimes-irritating voice tends to weigh the story down. The novel feels nostalgic, but it's unclear when it's set. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 December #1)
Higgins's tender debut introduces Derby, who lives on the road with her father, Garland, and younger brother, Triple, operating a concession stand hitched to their Rambler trailer. Each summer finds the three returning to the same small Virginia town, where they sell food outside the minor league baseball stadium. Garland believes that "being a rambler of the road meant three things: food, family, and fun," but their itinerant lifestyle means loneliness for Derby, rooted in the absence of her mother, who disappeared years ago. This year, the 11-year-old grapples with changes in her relationships with her best friend Marcus and nemesis Betsy, while uncovering secrets from the past. Derby's deep bond with Garland and Triple forms the heart of Higgins's story, as does Derby's devotion to June, a recently widowed woman who works at the stadium. Through there are a few heavy-handed metaphors in Higgins's narrative (with its peeling paint, June's front door was one "whose welcome had withered"), readers will easily connect with the story's reflections on belonging, hope, family, and the meaning of home. Ages 10–12. Agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content. (Feb.) Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.