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Clean Getaway

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  273 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Crown has acquired two middle grade novels by bestselling YA author Nic Stone (2017’s Dear Martin; and Odd One Out, due October 9). First up is Clean Getaway, scheduled for release in spring 2020, which follows an 11-year-old black boy and his white grandmother on an impromptu road trip. The forthcoming novels will be edited by Stone’s current editor, Phoebe Yeh, v-p and ...more
Published January 7th 2020 by Crown
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My first 2020 release!

This is a fun middle grade novel about a naughty boy going on an adventurous road trip across the country with his effervescent and perhaps a little scheming grandma. William is on school suspension and his father is very mad at him. So of course he’s not going to ask his permission to leave with G’ma.

The two of them have a lot of beautiful moments but this clandestine trip isn’t just about making new memories… it’s mainly about revisiting old ones and pondering things
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Gonna ramble a bit, but here it is.

I don't read a lot of middle grade, but when I saw the announcement of a book by one of my all-time favorite authors about a black boy traveling across the American South on an impromptu road trip with his white grandmother, I knew I had to read it. When a giveaway was hosted for said book, I knew I had to enter. (I won!) And when I listened to While Black's podcast interview with the author (at least ten times in the last week), I knew I couldn't delay
Pernille Ripp
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So grateful that Nic Stone decided to write a middle grade novel. Fantastic book that balances family dynamics, being a mystery, while sprinkling in so many historical events for kids to learn more about, but most of all for being a story that will pull kids in, keep them there, and leave them changed when done. Preorder this book for when it comes into the world in January! #pernillerecommends adding it to my best books of the year list too
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

This was a FANTASTIC middle grade read. I loved pretty much everything about it and can not wait to have it in our middle school collection. It is part road-trip adventure story, part a history lesson, and part an ode to the secrets we keep in our families and the ones that need to come out.

Scoob (William, officially) is actually pretty excited when Gma shows up and asks him
Excellent book to introduce the civil rights era to younger readers, through the travels and feminine’s of G’ma and Scoob, as they take, what Scoob thinks, is an impromptu road trip with his grandmother.

It turns out it is a little more than that, and he learns a lot more than he expected, from his White grandmother, who married a black man, back when there were Jim Crow laws, and they needed the Green Book to be safe on the road.

Scoob is a great narrator. And the whole story feels very natural
Mary Thomas
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sooooo fun. Love Nics middle grade voice! I am very very into the rogue grandma. This will definitely be a hit with middle schoolers! Highly recommend for 4th grade and up :)
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming family adventure story and history lesson. Grades 4-6.
Rachel Watkins
Nic Stone’s CLEAN GETAWAY is a middle grade book about heavy topics (segregation, absent parent, incarceration) without being a heavy read. William and his grandmother go on a road trip using The Green Book as a guide. Things are fun at first, but take a suspenseful turn as G’ma starts acting weird. Stone writes books that provide opportunities for people to talk about hard issues in non-threatening ways and we should all be grateful.
I'm going to go ahead and give this one four stars because what is here is great, but I really felt like there were large chunks edited out - especially at the end. I really wonder if the editor had too heavy a hand - the ending felt rushed and I'm afraid my students may get confused, but I will still buy it because the rest is so good.
Reading Girl
Jan 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
I wish I could give this book a rating other than one star, but I can't. The other Nic Stone books I've read are excellent and she seems like a really cool and inspirational person, but this book made me feel uncomfortable after reading it.

The book centers around a boy running away from his Dad to go on a road trip with his grandma, and it discusses their complicated family history and historical racism in the 60s along the way. The concept was great, the writing was incredible, but I just
Julie Jaeger
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nic Stone continues to awe, this time with her first middle grade novel, Clean Getaway. When Scoob takes off with G’ma on an RV adventure through the south, he has no idea what is in store for him. As his relationship with his G’ma evolves, he learns more about her, his family, and himself.
Stone always builds a solid plot. This one twists and turns itself through the novel. Using historic places and events lends an informative element to the novel. As a middle school teacher, I can see using it
Jason Eifling
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a good introduction to the middle school audience for author Nic Stone. I would even think this book would be good for upper elementary students. Clean Getaway is an easy read and moves quickly. I grew to like Scoob quickly and instantly like G'Ma. This is a road trip story that weaves through the south stopping at various locations known during the Civil Rights Movement and G'Ma recalls these events just enough to where readers might have a desire to research a little more. But there is ...more
Sandy O'Brien
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William aka Scoob sets off on a cross country road trip with his grandmother. Winnebago and all! Along the way he learns about the journey that his grandparents went on together so long ago. The entire trip is full of twists, turns, and shocking surprises!

Nic Stone is one of my favorite YA authors and hit a grand slam with her first MG book. I love how she is able to weave in historical context to the contemporary plot.

A must add to all middle grade class libraries!
Pam  Page
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You'll never meet a grandma like Scoob's G'ma! On a road trip with his G'ma, Scoob encounters excitement, worry, confusion, and a small dose of history. There is an element of suspense throughout the whole book as Scoob tries to figure out some of G'ma's actions (and the reader will do the same). Stone has done a tremendous job with a middle grade book!
Karen Arendt
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
While I loved Dear Martin, it took me much longer to finish this middle grade title. I liked Scoob’s character a lot but was less certain about G’ma. She carried a lot of guilt with her over her own past and took Scoob on a road trip to relive the trip that ended abruptly when her husband was arrested. The story shares with young readers some of the unjust treatment of black people which is important.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
A huge thank you to libro. fm and Penguin Random House for giving me the opportunity to listen Clean Getaway prior to its release next week. The audio book was excellent and this is definitely a book I will be recommending to my students.
Beth Honeycutt
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Definitely 4.5 stars! So much to think about with this book! I love Nic Stone’s writing!
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was reading this while my family was embarking on a trip of our own, so I was in a road trip state of mind. This new middle grade novel by Nic Stone will have wide appeal. Most readers will be able to relate to our hero and the inter-generational dilemmas he experiences. Using the green book as a destination determination device will help kids learn more about the era where this book was a necessity for travel. Would be a great book to utilize to discuss this era of our history as well as ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent road trip book that combines American history with a Grandma’s mission to right a past wrong.
Lori Jimenez
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 rounded down. Loved the relationship between the grandmother and grandson!
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent middle grade book. Family, relationships, race, truth.. it’s all here. Superb.
Bonnie Grover
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: student
What kid wouldn’t want to go on a road trip with his G’ma if it got him out of trouble with his dad? What William, “Scoob” doesn’t know is his G’ma is on a mission and nothing can stand in her way. Get ready for a fast-paced book dealing with civil rights landmarks, forgiveness and the need to come to terms with your mistakes. A great MG read to add to your library.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this and didn’t expect to, because it took me a bit to get into the beginning. But I ended up really enjoying. I was emotional by the end. I still... am mad at the grandma, though.
Ashleigh Rose
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scoob is feeling overwhelmed by trouble at school, an overbearing dad, and weird feelings for his long-time (girl who is a) friend, so he doesn’t think twice before leaving his phone behind and jumping in his beloved G’ma’s newly purchased RV. As the trip gets rolling, Scoob is excited to follow the worn Green Book his grandparents - an inter-racial couple in the 1960’s - used on a trip that they had to leave unfinished. But more and more mysteriousness starts to pile up as they go, and Scoob ...more
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley for letting me read and review this book! I read Dear Martin when it came out and really loved it. I was just heartbroken over the story, though. I tried to read Odd One Out, but there was so much teenage slang in it that my brain was working too hard to decipher. I’m not a teenager, nor am I around teenagers in any capacity, so their slang just is a struggle for me. That’s not a knock against the book in any way. I’m not the target audience and that’s fine. From what I’ve ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
@kidlitexchange thank you to author @nicstone and publisher @randomhousekids for sharing an advanced review copy of Clean Getaway with the #kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. This book comes out January 7, 2020.

Finally, a middle grade novel that touches on some pretty serious issues! The beauty of this book is that Nic Stone works the magic that I’ve seen in her YA books seamlessly into this MG novel. So many YA books deal with issues that pre-teens are starting to explore, but
Kristin Crouch
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Random House Kids for sharing a review copy with Collabookation.
Clean Getaway is the story of Scoob and his G'ma. What starts out as a road trip in G'ma's brand new Winnebago turns into a questionable journey to the southern states she couldn't visit thirty eight years ago. At first, Scoob is grateful to be in the company of his energetic, affectionate G'ma. But he soon begins to notice some strange goings on: she's calling him by the wrong name, switching the license plates on the
Laura Gardner
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't contain my excitement! @nicstone has written a MG book and I LOVE it. I hope it's just the first of many. /5 stars; this book is out 1/7/20.

Thanks to @randomhousekids for this free book to share with @kidlitexchange !!

A road trip across the south, one unconventional Grandma (G'ma), plus plenty of secrets/mystery make this a fun (and funny) middle grade read to remember. William, Scoob to his friends and Scoob-a-Doob to his G'ma, gets in trouble at school and is stuck home on
Melanie Dulaney
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
The publisher’s summary had me intrigued and fairly certain that “Clean Getaway” would be a book that both I and my 5th grade library patrons would enjoy. Skoob Lamar is a mixed race middle school student who has a complicated relationship with his single, African American dad. He has his white grandmother on a lofty pedestal so she is able to sweep him away willingly on a cross country RV trip down memory lane with only a note to his father and no idea of where they are going or when they will ...more
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Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these ...more

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