Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books
Amy Curry’s life is a disaster. Her father recently died in a car accident, which Amy feels was her fault. She is feeling isolated, struggling to come to terms with her feelings, when her mother decides to move to the other side of the country arranging for a family friend, Roger, to drive their car from California to Connecticut. When Roger suggests a detour from the planned route, Amy and Roger embark on an adventure of self discovery, enabling Amy to finally come to terms with the past and move on with her life.
This is a heart warming story about facing up to the complexities of life and winning through. The text is interspersed with flashbacks slowly revealing the events of the accident with souvenir snippets of the trip, including music playlists cleverly playing out all the emotions Amy and Roger experience along the way. This is a well devised story with lots to appeal to older readers.