Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Back on the Map by Lisa Ann Scott


With their mother long dead and their father unknown, eleven-year-old Penny Porter and her twin brother Parker have been bouncing around foster homes for as long as they can remember. Inspired by the historical figures in her favorite book, Penny likes to imagine who she could be related to. Sacagawea? Her genes would be good ones to have. Or maybe Ghandi, or Harriet Tubman. There are endless possibilities!

But while Penny embraces the question marks in her family tree, she and Porter are both ready for a real home. Living with their aging, ornery Grauntie isn’t easy, but it’s better than other places they’ve been, and they don’t want to get moved again—or worse, split up. Penny believes the key to keeping them from being bounced to another new home is getting their town of New Hope, North Carolina back on the state map. And what better way to do that than to spruce up and sell New Hope’s Finest—an old orphanage that was supposed to reopen years ago as the best attraction ever, but never did.

She’s got the creativity and the gumption to do it. And maybe knowing who you are doesn’t matter so much as knowing what you can do. But will that be enough to finally keep her and Parker in one place for good?

My Thoughts

I loved this book!  Although it is basically a middle grade book, and I'm clearly not a middle grader...  I still really enjoyed it!

I saw in some other reviews that people didn't really like the little touches of "magic" or whatever gifts the children had, but I loved that about them!  I do have to say that there weren't many negative things in any of the reviews!  That speaks volumes for how good this book is.

I found myself wanting to know the children, especially Penny!  I hate the thought of children who feel unwanted.  The way, in the beginning of the book, Penny kept waiting to be told they had to move away again, thinking she would get home and her things would be packed up... it broke my heart!

Penny's imagination, determination, and hope made me smile and keep on tuning the pages!  I definitely recommend this book.  As a matter of fact, I already passed it to my daughter to read and there's someone lined up to read it next!

*Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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