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Wrong Way Summer

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Claire used to love her dads fantastical stories, especially tales about her absent momwho could be off with the circus or stolen by the troll king, depending on the day. But now that shes 12, Claire thinks shes old enough to know the truth. When her dad sells the house and moves her and her brother into a converted van, shes tired of the tall tales and refuses to pretend ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Amulet Books
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Alexandra Ott
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a heart-warming read! Claire and her family feel so real, and I was utterly charmed by this story. Young readers will be delighted by the "hastag vanlife" adventures!
Jennifer Camiccia
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a pure delight to read. Poor Claire is living the #vanlife with her storytelling dad and semi-irritating younger brother, and learns that a true home is more than just a house.

I loved the stories Claires dad weaved. And I loved how Claire discovers her own gift for storytelling and that the best stories always have a hint of truth to them. I cried along with Claire, her brother, Patrick, and their goofy, lovable dad as their journey takes them right where they need to be.
Stacey DeCotis (Reading in the Middle Grades)
Thank you to the publisher Amulet Books and author Heidi Lang for sending a signed ARC to #bookexcursion. Wrong Way Summer was a Grand Adventure and pulled on my heart strings as I felt for Claire and her little brother Patrick. Their dad always had the most elaborate stories but never truthfully explained what happened to their mother who Claire found out moved to California. One day they leave their Michigan home and set out on a Grand Adventure with no destination in a Van her father ...more
Eve beinguniquebooks
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Claire is twelve and her brother Patrick is eight, too young to understand that their mother left them with their dad after Claire discovered divorce papers after she'd gone.

Their dad 'sells' their house and buys a van for them to live in as they road trip around the people he knows from his past.

As Claire misses home, her friend Ronnie and her brother Mike who Claire crushes on, she wants to know, where is the summer heading, will they be finding their mum?

Her dad is a vivid storyteller and
Becca Harris
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This book had a strange concept for me at first but I feel like as the book went along just like Claire I found myself understand it a lot more. This book is defiantly something that I probably wouldn't have read if I saw it within a bookstore as it moves quite slowly and took me a while to grasp.
Anahita P
- unique story
- humorous
- low reading level
- hard to put down
Liz Friend
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
The story: Claires unemployed dad Scottie has always been in search of The Grand Adventure, but even Claire is astounded when he converts a Sprinter van into a camper (without plumbing!!!) and sells their home, telling Claire and her younger brother Patrick that its time to hit the road and find their own grand adventure. When their trip accidentally reconnects them with the mother who abandoned them long ago, Claire learns that family is as much the people you choose as those who are related by ...more
Karen McKenna
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book drew me in and wouldn't let go until it had finished. I was struck with the thought that even though this would be considered a "character driven" story as Claire, her younger brother Patrick, and her annoyingly cheerful dad learn how to accept that stories don't always end the way that you would like, the mystery and adventure built into their Grand Adventure kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat the entire time.

Ever since Claire's dad found her looking at the divorce papers he
Thank you Heidi Lang for sharing your book with the LitReviewCrew.

#hashtagvanlife Langs writing drew me in with its beautiful descriptive language, humor, tall tales, tension, mystery, and adventure. She kept me reading and I could not put this book down. The character development was strong and I loved the emphasis on family, home, and identity. Also, the part where the Claire thinks shes bad at something, but starts doing it anyway and seeing how she actually is good at it is a great message
Kristin Crouch
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author for sharing an ARC with Collabookation.
Claire's father has always spun elaborate and fantastic stories to entertain Claire and her brother, Patrick. So when he decides to get a van, convert it, and hit the road after selling their house, Patrick is entranced by the idea. Claire, not so much. She has started to see that his stories are just that. In fact, sometimes his stories get in the way of the truth. On a road trip to nowhere, Claire has to figure out just how to know
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book full of heartache and humor. My favorite Heidi Lang book to date.
Taylor B.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to have read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book, and I loved this heart-warming book. It combines the power of story, an adventurous trip across the country, a quirky, lovable family, and the discovery of what makes a home.

I especially loved seeing how this book weaves the fantastical stories that Claire's dad tells through the narrative as a way to show how the relationships that Claire has with her dad and her brother Patrick evolve throughout the story. The
Jill Ramig
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Claire leaves everything she knows and lives/travels in a van with her dad and brother. Her dad is a great storyteller but avoids talking about reality. Their adventure reminds me of Coyote Summer and A Girl Called Bicycle. LOL Funny as they banter back and forth. #bookexcursion @HiDLang
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Heidi Lang believes that the next Grand Adventure is always just around the corner. She has chased her love of judo from the East to the West Coast, run ultramarathons, started her own dog-walking business, and converted a Sprinter van into a tiny home so she could experience #vanlife. Currently she lives in eastern Washington with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.

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