Now this is a fun middle grade book. Two girls – Avery in New York and Bett in California – discover that their dads have secretly begun a cross-country romance and that they are being sent to the same camp this summer to get to know each other. These girls are about as different as can be, and first fight off their growing friendship and do what they can to break up their dads. Then, as soon as they are super cool with each other and looking forward to a future together – the dads break up – and NOW they need to somehow get them back together. From opposite sides of the country.
I loved that this story is told in emails, back and forth from cautious Avery and adventurous Bett. Through in a few from a dad or two, a super cool grandmother, and a not-so-happy summer camp director and you’ve got yourself an enjoyable romp that invokes memories of “The Parent Trap” (either one – I liked both Hayley Mills and Lindsay Lohan’s versions). This book had a lot of humor as well as heart, and plenty of twists to keep it interesting.
- To Night Owl from Dogfish
- by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
- Dial/Dutton, 2019
- 295 pages
- Source: the publisher