Heidi Lang’s novel Wrong Way Summer is a moving summer road-trip story for fans of Crenshaw and The Someday Birds.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Claire used to love her dad’s fantastical stories, especially tales about her absent mom—who could be off with the circus or stolen by the troll king, depending on the day. But now that she’s 12, Claire thinks she’s old enough to know the truth.
When her dad sells the house and moves her and her brother into a converted van, she’s tired of the tall tales and refuses to pretend it’s all some grand adventure, despite how enthusiastically her little brother embraces this newest fantasy. Claire is faced with a choice: Will she play along with the stories her dad is spinning for her little brother, or will she force her family to face reality once and for all?
Equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking, Wrong Way Summer is a road-trip journey and coming-of-age story about one girl’s struggle to understand when a lie is really a lie and when it’s something more: hope.
“This is a sweet story about family, truth, protection, friendship, and first crushes . . . Not only does the author construct a story that draws the reader in, she also provides a love and understanding of the art of storytelling.” —School Library Connection
**STARRED REVIEW**Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This subtle road trip story evades clichés while working within tropes, and Lang leaves her reader with optimism but no easy solutions."
"This is a sweet story about family, truth, protection, friendship, and first crushes. . . Not only does the author construct a story that draws the reader in, she also provides a love and understanding of the art of storytelling."School Library Connection
"It’s a terrific and moving tale that touches on the beauty of familial bonds, the nebulous concept of home, and the importance of the stories we choose to tell ourselves about our lives."Booklist