Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Someday Suitcase

29536748Haydu, Corey Ann. The Someday Suitcase.
June 27th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
ARC provided by publisher at ALA

Clover and Danny are always together, and even their families spend time hanging out on Sundays. Clover's father is frequently away driving a truck, and her brother Jake is high maintenance due to some of his autistic qualities. When Danny becomes ill, and the doctors have trouble figuring out what is wrong with him, Clover is very worried. She makes him her science fair project and keeps careful track of his symptoms. The two find a clinic online that promises some hope, but it is in Vermont, and Danny's parents want to stick with local doctors. Danny is in and out of school, but slowly gets worse. Clover's parents are very concerned for her, since the two are so close. Eventually, Danny and Clover stow away in her father's truck when he is headed to Vermont, and take their "someday suitcase" with them. Will the clinic be able to help?
Strengths: Jake's portrayal is accurate and well done. His reactions to things are dealt with constructively, and Clover's parents address how hard it can be for her. The families are both supportive, as are most of the teachers, and Clover does find some new friends at school who help her through Danny's illness.
Weaknesses: Extremely sad, and Danny's illness could have used some more explanation.
What I really think: Great for fans of really sad books like The Truth About Jellyfish or Somewhere Among, but I will pass on purchasing.

Ms. Yingling

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