Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 9:17 am
If you're like me, and you're a sucker for stories about abandoned kids making it on their own, this might be the book for you!
This was a lucky case of judging the book by its cover: I liked its looks, and I ended up really liking what I read, too!
Curtis is 10 out of 10 positive that his mother is coming back, but what should he tell his five-year-old brother Artie in the meantime? Curtis and Artie's mom has disappeared (as she has before, landing Curtis in foster care at one point), and they're running out of food.
Luckily, Mrs. Burt, the cantankerous old lady across the street, turns out to have a soft spot for them, and she also loves to cook up a storm. They all end up going to her cabin in the woods to escape Social Services and keep the boys out of foster care. She teaches them how to fish, swim and generally do woodsy, survival-type things (which I always love). Old Mrs. Burt has a secret, though, and Curtis, the older brother, starts to figure out that she might not be the blessing in disguise that she seemed at first.