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Twelve-year-old Bea finds herself on a unique road-trip with her grandmother, as they search for her grandmother’s long-lost sister—the legendary Amelia Earhart—in this charming novel from the author of When Audrey Met Alice and Summer of Lost and Found.

It’s 1967 and twelve-year-old Bea is in need of some adventure. Her mother is off in San Francisco, while her father has
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by Aladdin
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Kate Olson
Thanks to the author for the review copy ~ all opinions are my own.

I'll do this one list style ~ here is what I loved about it!
- historical fiction covering TWO periods of history
- fabulous down-and-dirty road trip showcasing a lot of the US
- using journaling for adventures AND worries
- rich relationship between granddaughter and grandmother
- Amelia Earhart!!!

Highly recommend for libraries serving middle grades - the sweet spot for this one is grades 4-6 in my opinion, appropriate for younger
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Susan
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Last Grand Adventure

By Rebecca Behrens

Thank you to @rebeccabehrensbooks and @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


First of all, when I was growing up I always loved Amelia Earhart’s story and I always had the secret hope that she survived and was living happily somewhere on a desert island. When I began my freshman year at Purdue (where Amelia was a professor) and I found myself living in Amelia Earhart Hall, I was convinced it was a sign that my secret w
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Jessica Lawson
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh goodness, this one's a road trip for the ages. I am a HUGE fan of well-written multi-generational relationships, and to throw a meeting with Amelia Earhart into the stakes, well garsh. I'm in. Bea and Pidge are a superb pair and the growth they both experience shows how risk/journeying/adventure is medicine for every heart, no matter the age. A bonus for me was the treatment of the blended-family aspect, as I'm a stepmom.
Laura Mossa
With her dad’s remarriage to Julie, new stepsister Sally, and her writer mom away covering the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco, it is completely natural for 12 year old Bea to feel a little lost When her grandmother Pidge moves from Boston to a retirement community in California, Bea agrees to stay with her and help Pidge get settled. In her worry journal, Bea admits her fears about leaving home. What if her dad and Julie enjoy her being gone? In contrast, Bea though writes in her adventure jo ...more
Andrea
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
@kidlitexchange #partner

Thank you to #kidlitexchange for the review copy of The Last Grand Adventure. All opinions are my own.

In The Last Grand Adventure, Rebecca Behrens has created a beautiful, exciting piece of historical fiction. It’s 1967 and Beatrice is twelve. Her parents are divorced, she has a new stepmom and stepsister, her magazine reporter mom is gone a lot, and now she’s told that she’s going to spend some of her summer with her grandma (Pidge) who she barely knows. Right away Bea
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Amber Webb
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Last Grand Adventure was a historical fiction adventure that every child will want to go on. As Bea is challenged with fitting in with her "new" family and figuring out what is going on with her mother, she decided to spend some time with her grandmother who has always been very distant from her. This almost immediately seems like a bad idea, but Bea decides to view it as an opportunity for adventure instead of a worry. The adventures the two go on throughout the book REALLY push Bea to chan ...more
Jennifer
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore Rebecca's books and I love that I can share them with my 11-year-old niece, who is also a big fan. The plots are always so interesting and you don't realize how much you're learning because you're caught up in the story.

In this book, I felt like I was right there with Bea and Pidge, along for the adventure. Bea was so relatable, especially with her worry journal, and Pidge and Neta, were pretty great, too. I cracked up on page 63 because my grandfather used to called it a "hurry up ligh
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Addison Children's Services
It's the summer of 1967, and Bea, who is a worrier at heart and wants no more adventure than that provided by Disneyland, finds herself wanting something different. Her father just remarried and Bea isn't sure where she fits in with her stepmother and stepsister Sally, who is like a barnacle attached to Bea's side. Plus, her mother is a journalist and often traveling for work, leaving Bea feeling more worried than ever. When Bea's grandmother Pidge invites her to spend the summer with her at her ...more
Nikki
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Here's the official review: Hooray for The Last Grand Adventure, an irresistible blend of historical fact and adventure-filled fiction! Behrens sweeps the reader up with this charming mystery about Amelia Earhart’s whereabouts and the unbreakable bond between sisters. Traveling with twelve-year-old Bea and her rule-breaking, free spirited grandmother Pidge across America in 1967 was the perfect way to explore timeless lessons about following dreams, taking risks, persevering, and the unshakable ...more
Shawna Busby
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
It took me halfway through the book to get interested but, it was a delightful read finally. How Bea felt left out of her new family situation and her mom always working away. Bea was able to build a relationship with her Grandmother and learn a bit of history as well. She was always a worrier and now she was on this grand adventure. Little did she know the "growing" she would do along the way. She learned she was loved by many and she even began to see herself as a sister to Sally and not see S ...more
Patricia
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I wasn’t quite comfortable with this story. On one hand, it was a fun imaginative look at history, but on the other, a girl’s grandmother, who is starting to suffer from dementia, basically kidnaps her and forces her to break the law and do some pretty dangerous things. It is pretty humorous at times, but hard to laugh at under the circumstances. Maybe just a little more serious than I was looking for in a book right now.
Clarissa
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
An exploration of family/sisterhood, living life to the fullest, and bravery. This book follows the wild adventure of Bea and her grandmother Pidge, (who is Amelia Earhart’s younger sister), as they cross the country on a shoestring budget trying to get back to the house where Pidge and Amelia spent their childhood summers.
Donna
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful way to teach your child history without them really knowing it! I loved this story of a you f girl's adventure with her grandmother, the sister of Amelia Earhart. Of course, I did some research if my own about Amelia Earhart as I read this great story. Beatrice, the young girl in the story, learns so much about herself as she sets off with her grandmother to fine Amelia. The journey has twists and turns from train rides, to a bus and plane. They meet fascinating people along the ...more
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
I chose to read this one because my dad, like Amelia Earhart, is also from Atchison, Kansas. It's a great title for revisiting the Earhart mystery, exploring the tumultuous summer of 1967, and experiencing a madcap road trip filled with family discovery.
Amber
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Kids interested in unsolved mysteries will love this book! Who doesn’t wonder what really happened to Amelia Earhart?! I know I have often wondered what happened and this book had my heart hoping that I would learn a little more about that fascinating story. Spoiler: I did learn a few things!
Allison
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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"Why did adventure and uncertainty have to go hand in hand?"-Bea from The Last Grand Adventure by Rebecca Behrens. My heart is full after reading about Bea & Pidge's adventure to find family, courage, & themselves!
Tammy Barb
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was a wonderful adventure of a grandmother and her granddaughter. Bea and her grandmother, Pidge, travel to Kansas where she believes they will be reunited with her missing sister, Amelia Earhart.
Rahm
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very insperational.
Rainbow
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rated 5 stars!
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This book provided a great insight into the relationship between Amelia Earhart and her sister, and I loved reading about her in the back of the book. A great read!
Chris
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved reading this book about Bea and her grandmother. They both grow in their relationship and you end up wishing it was so.
Kathy
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Quick story about a young teen and her grandmother.
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My MG novels WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE (Sourcebooks, 2014) and SUMMER OF LOST AND FOUND (Simon & Schuster, 2016) are available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book. My latest MG novel, THE LAST GRAND ADVENTURE, is now available
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