Carry Me Home – Janet Fox

 Carry Me Home – Janet Fox, Simon & Schuster, (9781534485082), 2021 

Format: Paperback ARC

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Realistic Fiction

What did you like about the book? When Lulu’s mother dies, she has no time to mourn; not only is she left to take care of her younger sister but her father disappears, leaving the two of them with a hostile aunt.  When Dad returns after a month, he loads up the two girls, leaving Texas for Montana.  There he has a job but they are living in their car which is parked in a trailer camp with weekly rental fees.  Then Dad disappears again!  Lulu is twelve, her sister Serena is nine and Lulu must care for her while living in a car during a Montana winter – without gloves or boots (they did manage to get coats from a church giveaway) or money.  Lulu is understandably ready to crack, especially when Serena gets sick…This is a tense, believable story with a strong, plucky main character ensnared in very difficult circumstances.  Characters present as White though it is not stated.

Anything you did not like about the book?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book? This is a story of survival, of courage and strength one should not even have to call upon.  Readers who can remember Katherine Paterson’s The Great Gilly Hopkins or Jean Thesman’s When the Road Ends might well enjoy this story.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, Middle schools, upper elementary grades

Where would you shelve it? J Fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Maybe not, but an excellent read.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Manager, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review:  4/25/2021

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