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The Last Grand Adventure

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  164 ratings  ·  41 reviews
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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by Aladdin
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Kate Olson
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
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. ...more
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
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
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.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the “what if…” behind this story - What if Amelia Earhart really lived and was in hiding and on her 70th birthday came out of hiding to spend the day with her sister. Rebecca Behrens has written a mid-grade historical novel based on this “what if.”

The Last Grand Adventure is a coming of age story of sorts. Bea likes the comfortable and her life has been far from comfortable since her parents’ divorce. In fact, she has two journals - a Worry Journal, which she has more than filled, and an
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The Last Grand Adventure by Rebecca Behrens, 315 pages. Aladdin (Simon & Schuster), 2018. $17.

Content: G.



Bea is feeling out of place during her 1967 summer with her dad and his new family, her stepmother and stepsister. In order to relieve some of the pressure, her dad invites her to spend a couple of weeks with her grandmother – his mom – whom he just relocated from her home in Boston, because she was starting to lose her memory. But wh
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
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
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
Mary Louise Sanchez
Twelve-year-old Bea's mom is busy on a journalism assignment to San Francisco during the 1967 Summer of Love; and her dad is remarried with a younger step-daughter, Sally, who is always underfoot in Bea's life.

Thus, this is the perfect time for Bea to visit her grandmother, Pidge, who has recently moved to a retirement community in California from Boston. However, Pidge, is ready for a grand adventure to Atchinson, Kansas to meet up with her long time missing older sister, Amelia Earheart, who
A Middle Grader Reviews
This book is like eating a fluffernutter sandwich with lemonade.

The writing took me by surprise. It's beautifully structured, each sentence lovely. Bea's narrative is the best I've read in a while; it's not loaded with sarcasm or slang of any kind. It's honest, a little old-fashioned in the best way, and easy to connect to. She feels like a real human being.

I found Pidge believable right from the start. Although she does drag Bea into some pretty crazy things, she's never to crazy for my taste
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
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
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
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.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg-books
"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! ...more
Amber K.
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!
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.
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. ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very engaging book. During the course of the precarious adventure of a grandmother and her only grand daughter, there is excitement, suspense and a mystery solved with good character growth and development.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-6th-grade
Oh, how I wish it were true (and that the ending in this book wasn't). Seriously, this book is one of those where you are wondering the entire time how the author is going to pull it off, and Behrens does a masterful job of it. Bravo! ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 - Ever wonder what it was like to be Amelia Earhart's little sister? Well, Bea's gram IS Amelia Earhart's little sister and she wants ONE last grand adventure back to Atchison Kansas for Amelia's seventieth birthday. ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rated 5 stars!
Ages 11/12+
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!
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Quick story about a young teen and her grandmother.
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.
Savannah Moore
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It kept me extremely engaged and wanting to read more. If you want a story that has family chaos and adventure this is for you.
Savannah Hendricks
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun story with nice non-fiction elements to it. I was not sure what the next chapter would hold, and there were many surprises. It felt as though I was indeed reading about a GRAND ADVENTURE.
Engel Dreizehn
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-2018
Fantastic portrait/snapshot of the 1967 from a slice of life/just passing through POV including the civil rights movement/speeches and hippie bohemian culture.
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Rebecca Behrens is the award-winning author of three critically acclaimed middle-grade novels that explore famous historical figures and fascinating places: When Audrey Met Alice, Summer of Lost and Found, and The Last Grand Adventure. Her thrillingly realistic survival story The Disaster Days is a Junior Library Guild selection, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book, and an ILA Teachers’ Choices sel ...more

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