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Clean Getaway

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  696 ratings  ·  180 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone comes a middle grade road-trip story through American race relations past and present perfect for fans of Jacqueline Woodson and Jason Reynolds.

How to Go on an Unplanned Road Trip with Your Grandma:
* Grab a Suitcase: Prepacked from the big spring break trip that got CANCELLED.
* Fasten Your Seatbelt: G'ma's never
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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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
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read anything else by Nic Stone before, so I had no idea what to expect when jumping into this middle grade (lower middle grade?) novel. I looved this! I'm a bit of a sucker when it comes to kids interacting with their grandparents or stand-in grandparents, but regardless, this is fantastic.

I loved Scoob and his process of learning more about himself, how the world is/can be unfair to brown people, and that the people you look up to as a child are still flawed people. His grandmother
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
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Shauna Yusko
Grandma/grandson road trip!
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
Jimalion Itsabookishworld_
I adored this middle grade novel by Nic Stone. As someone who is African American, growing up there were never any books that addressed civil rights in a way that made sense for my young mind to comprehend. So I appreciate how Nic threads together civil rights issues with family has the vehicle.

Scoobs grandma takes him on a road trip and along the way she lets him in on how life was during segregation and how being in an interracial relationship was. Sometimes even for myself I found it
Shaye Miller
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I absolutely, positively loved Nic Stone's Dear Martin. Additionally, I was mesmerized by her short story in Snow in Love (an anthology of four short stories) -- it was clearly the best one of the book. And I appreciated what she was doing in Odd One Out, even if I wasn't my favorite type of story. So it was a no-brainer to pick up her middle grade debut this week: Clean Getaway. Eleven-year-old William (AKA "Scoob-a-Doob") is a young black boy and his G'ma is white. One day he's taken on an ...more
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
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heartwarming family adventure story and history lesson. Grades 4-6.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hello amazing. Nic Stone! I need more middle grade from you and I’m so happy you stepped outside your comfort zone to try this! Loved the dedication, author’s note and all the content in between. I see this as a 2020-2021 ProjectLit book! #projectlit
Ashley Scott
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once again, Dion Graham nailed it with the narration in the audiobook! This is my second Nic Stone, and I really like her work and how true to life and just REAL her characters are. This is technically a middle grade book, but it didn’t feel that way at all - it was quite adult in its way, and educational, too.
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
Faith Dismuke
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Stephanie Stinemetz
Perfect middle grade story infused with history and the importance and family.
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
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
Jillian Heise
Nic Stone middle grade! ...more
Melissa Mcavoy
Hmm. Great main character but a lot of inexplicable behavior and unrealistic consequences. Really, letting your beloved husband go to jail for something you did and thus never see his child. Could she not at least write him and send pictures? That cruelty is inexcusable and yet the characters just get over it. What is poor Scoob to do with the knowledge that his dad unfairly vilifies his own father? The Grandma seems to believe a bad dad justifies stealing. Racism against her black husband is ...more
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 :)
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.
ricardo is reading
Clean Getaway tells the story of William "Scoob" Lamar, an eleven year old black kid, and G'ma, his white grandmother, and the road trip they embark upon across the American South. A trip for which they have their own motives: Scoob leaves behind serious punishment following a school suspension, and a severe father whose severity only increases after said suspension. He just wants to get away from it all and clear his head. G'ma wants to show Scoob places where history has been made — but also ...more
Christina Carter
Nic Stone is a New York Times Best Selling Author whose work I first experienced when I read her debut YA novel, Dear Martin in 2017. It became a book of my heart. One that I spoke of and shared widely because, for me, Justyce McAllister was just like my son and through its pages, Dear Martin echoed the cries of my heart for social justice and change. That's what Nic does. She has a way of telling a story that pulls the reader in deep, to the point where they are fully engrossed as the journey ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked how this felt like an accurate representation of a child of this age without making him overly babyish - he still dealt with real life stuff and in a realistic way. There was an extra element with the grandma that I was not expecting going into this which made it really interesting to read as I did not know WHAT to expect. There actually wasn’t as much green book stuff as I was expecting but it was there! And it supported the greater themes of the book. All in all really great and really ...more
Sandy O'Brien
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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!
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
Nikki S
So original & so dope. Review to come.
Marta-Kate Jackson
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Great introduction to past and present race relations and interracial marriage for middle graders, but the confusing experience of being at the mercy of an adult you love and admire making poor decisions stands out. Looking forward to learning what the intended audience thinks.
Bonnie Grover
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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.
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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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