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Clean Getaway

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  4,288 ratings  ·  806 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 convention
Hardcover, Illustrated, 240 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**4.5-stars rounded up**

Clean Getaway follows 11-year old, Scoob, as he goes on an unexpected RV-adventure with his beloved Grandma, who he calls, G-Ma.

G-Ma is an extra special lady, who Scoob really loves spending time with. She always seems to understand him and knows the right thing to say for any circumstance.

Truth be told, Scoob's Dad has been pretty tough on him lately. Particularly after Scoob got into a little trouble at school just prior to Spring Break.

Now, as far as Dad is concerned,
Jaroda Goddard
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 r
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
Melissa Mcavoy
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Liana Grace
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Set against the backdrop of the segregation history of the American South, our story follows eleven year old, William “Scoob" Lamar and his unconventional White grandmother, referred to as G'ma on an impromptu road trip in her new Winnebago. At first Scoob is thrilled about this adventure - having recently been grounded for a mysterious event at school, he’s happy to escape his disappointed father’s lockdown. The duo’s journey takes them through Texas, Mexico, Mississippi and Alabama - but why a ...more
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.
Danika at The Lesbrary
I heard this pitched as a road trip through Black US history, and while that is true, it's also about family secrets, discovering your parents and grandparents are complex and flawed and human, and a jewel thief. The mystery of Scoob's family history kept me engaged, and I finished this in one day. I highly recommend the audiobook! ...more
Jenna | JennaStopReading
This was a great middle grade novel that I think will resonate with both adults and children alike! It approaches the subjects of segregation, racism, and discrimination in a way that is digestible enough for young readers while still carrying enough weight to keep adult readers engaged.

Content warnings:
2.5 stars

At this point, Nic Stone has become an author whose books I always check out when I hear that she's got a new one out because I would trust her with my life. And while this book wasn't my favorite, I am still looking forward to reading more from her. Middle grade isn't an age category that I read very often (which is something I should fix, so send me your recs please!!) but I had to pick it up because it's Nic Stone.

I adore the way Stone writes her main characters. They're always incr
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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 t ...more
Renée | Book Girl Magic
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I tell you what! @nicstone knows how to write her arse off! This middle grade novel about a 12 year old black boy and his white grandmother was so cute and intriguing. It kept me on my toes the entire time, so much so that I finished it in one day (which is amazing for me when you add in work and homeschooling). I was just as invested as the main character William in trying to figure his grandmother and what this adventure she was taking him on was all about. It was a rollercoaster of emotions ( ...more
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 baffli
Finished my 11th book of the month! This was my second novel from nic stone that I have read from her and I enjoyed it, but it's not my favorite of the month or of her works!(:
Sorry. Maybe this was just a little young for me):
Clean getaway by nic stone is a middle grade novel all about Scoob and he decieds to go on a road trip with his grandmother and the grandmother was really funny. Trigger warring for death of a family member and cancer....
Ms. B
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, middle-grades
What secrets is G'ma hiding? When G'ma takes Scoob (aka William) on a road trip to finish a trip that she and G'Pop started over 50 years ago during the 1960s, he learns about her many famil secrets. It seems his G'ma might not really be who she appears to be. ...more
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
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 didn
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.
This grandmother-grandson roadtrip is a really interesting premise, and it definitely kept me turning the pages! I'm still sort of chewing on the ending--there's a big reveal and then things seem to wind up too quickly to me, but nevertheless I think a lot of tweens will enjoy the mystery of it and learn a little bit about the Green Book. I think in a classroom or book club setting there would be MUCH to discuss here. ...more
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book! Would be fun to read aloud to fourth graders, and also very informative about important racial topics.
Faith Dismuke
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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
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
Shauna Yusko
Grandma/grandson road trip!
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens

At 11 years old our protagonist William “Scoob” Lamar has noticed that his dad has begun to be harder on him. He makes it clear that Scoob needs to be better than good, he must be excellent, because he will always be battling the color of his skin. Scoob isn’t sure how to feel about this, he kinda wishes his dad would go back to the way he used to be.

He’s grounded because he got in trouble at school, twice. But he’s pretty sure both the things he’d done were justified. He knows the school b
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the book I’ve been looking for. The description didn’t do it justice - a young boy goes on an RV adventure with his grandmother. It’s that but so much more. The boy is Black. The grandmother is white and retracing her footsteps from a similar trip with her husband decades ago. There’s history (Ruby Bridges, Emmett Till, Medgar Evans), there’s strong plot (why does G’ma keep calling her grandson the wrong name? Why won’t she take calls from her son?), there are examples of small and large ...more
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rarely do I write reviews... being a G’ma, this one pulled me in. Other than that, everything is completely different from my life. Thank you Nic Stone for writing about this side of life. I am saddened by the experiences Ruby shared with Scoob; heartbroken that Ruby experienced such racism. It is a quick and powerful read... you will fall in love with tough and high-spirited Ruby! ❤️
Nic Stone, your middle school book nailed it!
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Rebecca McPhedran
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Scoob is in a lot of trouble, for something he really didn't do. And it's looking like his spring break is going to be waaay more boring than he thought. So when his G'ma rolls up to his house in an RV, and asks him to go on an adventure with her; he jumps in...and leaves his phone and a note behind for his uptight dad.

AS they cruise through the deep south, his G'ma opens up about growing up there and the struggles that she and his G'pop had to endure. Through their travels, they both are learn
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 t
Sam Kuntz
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: yes
Clean Getaway follows a young boy, who is nicknamed Scoob as he goes on a road trip with his G'ma.

This book takes place during Scoon's spring break. He is grounded for the entire break because he got in trouble at his school.

One day near the beginning of the break, his G'ma comes over to his house and invites him to come on a road trip with her. Scoob accepts because he is quite bored sitting in his room alone.

It turns out that Scoob's G'ma sold her real house and bought an RV. Scoob feels weird
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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 d ...more

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