Here in the Real World
Ware can’t wait to spend summer “off in his own world”—dreaming of knights in the Middle Ages and generally being left alone. But then his parents sign him up for dreaded Rec camp, where ...more
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Ware is a boy that tries to please his parents by agreeing to what they call "Meaningful Social Interaction" and being normal at a day camp for the Summer. It hadn't started that way, and he has looked forward to spending his Summer in his world of imagination while staying with his Grandma. When she fell/needed surgery/rehab, they went to plan B, with all those "normal" ...more
While there are definitely some poignant moments throughout the story, I don't see this book having a lot of appeal for its target audience. I liked the overall theme of accepting that it's okay to not be like everyone else, but it was presented in a way that seemed to miss the mark somehow. It's a quick read, and certainly not intolerable by any means, but I did not find it overly memorable.
Ware is a quirky, dreamy kid with with lots of integrity and a desire to have Just One Friend who gets him. This is especially vital because his parents Don't get him and make no real effort to. They want him to conform to their hopes. Dad want a jock and Mom wants a social butterfly. As an introverted wimp this ...more
From Sara Pennypacker, writer of the beloved "Pax", comes a story of introverted, only-child Ware, whose parents want only for him to have friends, lots of them! They're working double shifts to gain enough money to buy their home so Ware, again, is expected to give up his dreams of a summer on his own and go daily to the 'rec center' where mobs of kids only show Ware how alone he is. Despite his parents' expectations, ...more
Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker is a book about hopes and dreams, about trying to make something more of yourself, and about understanding the limitations and possibilities of the real world. This story about how an eleven year old boy named Ware spends his summer encourages young readers to be true to themselves and inspires them to work toward their goals. Ware and Jolene's struggle to ...more
Good for fans of Pennypacker's Pax and Summer of the Gypsy Moths, both of which I liked but felt really traumatized by!
Here in the Real World is good. Real good!
Eleven-year-old Ware's parents enroll him in summer day camp, which he despises. He circumvents their plans by pretending to enter the camp, but instead sneaking into the abandoned, partially demolished church behind the recreation center, where day camp is held. There, he meets an abrasive Jolene, who is intent on gardening in part of the church's parking lot. As the story proceeds, the two form a tentative alliance of secrecy. Neither will ...more