Friday, May 26, 2023

Library Loot

The Great Upending ~ by Beth Kephart, 2020, children's YA fiction, 288 pages
When a troubled children’s book author moves to their farm, two kids with troubles of their own hatch a scheme to swipe the ending of the final book in a bestselling series to get a reward from the book’s publisher.  Twelve-year-old Sara and her brother Hawk are told that they are not to bother the man — The Mister — who just moved into the silo apartment on their farm.  It doesn’t matter that they know nothing about him and they think they ought to know something.  It doesn’t matter that he’s always riding that unicycle around.  Mama told them no way, no how are they to bother The Mister unless they want to be in a mess of trouble.

Trouble is the last thing Sara and her brother need.  Sara’s got a condition:  Marfan syndrome.  And that Marfan syndrome is causing her heart to have problems, the kind of problems that require surgery.  But the family already has problems.  The drought has dried up their crops and their funds, which means they can’t afford any more problems, let alone a surgery to fix those problems.  Sara can feel the weight of her family’s worry, and the weight of her time running out, but what can a pair of kids do?  Well, it all starts with — bothering The Mister.
I always love reading Beth Kephart's books.  She is an excellent writer.  Since I don't know anything about the condition, I also look forward to learning about Marfan syndrome.  If you have read this book, tell us what you thought and maybe your rating.  Here is a link in case you want to share your own Library Loot, which means the books that you got from the library.

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