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The Middle of Somewhere

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  154 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
VERONICA SPARKS IS hitting the road and she is going to shake the dust of her little town off her shoes and see the world!

Well, someday. For now, she’s hitting the road in an RV with her cantankerous grandfather and her hyperactive little brother. Ronnie’s grandfather is a wind prospector, and they are heading across Kansas in search of a good stiff breeze. Okay, so it’s n
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Yearling (first published 2007)
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Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book in my classroom library for a couple of years but it never looked interesting enough for me to pick up and read, that is until one of my students asked me about the cover. I took the book home that night and started to read it and am glad I finally did.

While the story seemed to drag on in some places, what else would you expect from an RV road trip through Kansas with two kids and a 'Pop', there were enough lessons intertwined within their adventure to keep the book in my clas
Maria Tag
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tween girls
Shelves: great-books
Maria's Thoughts: So, I just got finished reading this today, tried to find it on Goodreads. Looked up "the middle of somewhere", didn't show this book. Looked up the name of what i thought as the author, just to figure out that was the name of the publisher. Desperate, I typed in the ISBN...... and viola! Bingo! There it is! Whew. I'm glad I found it on Goodreads. I dislike not getting to review a book! It drives me nuts! Anyone agree?

Review: This was a good book. I liked for several different
I couldn't help compare this book to Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key which I read not too long ago--both books prominently feature a boy with ADHD (although he's a secondary character in this book while Joey is the title character in the other). Anyway, I enjoyed this book MUCH more than Joey Pigza. I think both books take a good honest look at ADHD, but this one does it from the perspective of the older sister. I love the underlying theme of getting along with family, learning to understand them, ...more
Kristin Rutledge
I really enjoyed this book. I borrowed this book from my friend, and it was very entertaining. If you don't want spoilers then don't read this. This is the story of a girl who has an ADHD brother (her name is ronnie BTW). Ronnie has always wanted to go on an RV trip. Then her mom gets hurt and then all of a sudden her grandpa shows up just in time. Then her mom asks Pop(grandpa) to take the kids on a trip, in his new RV. It takes him a while, but he finally decides to take them with him. Ronnie ...more
May 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Texas Bluebonnet book for 2008. I picked it up hoping my daughter would enjoy it. Instead, I started reading it, and couldn't put it down. I loved the family relationships - two of the characters are flawed, but the members of the family grow in love and understanding and patience with one another through the book.

Even though this book is classified as juvenile fiction, I'm not sure it would appeal to most children. I might have enjoyed it as a young teen. I think it would take some m
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Ronnie and her hyperactive brother are pawned off on their grandfather while their mother recuperates from an injury incurred from chasing a squirrel. Their grandfather, Pop, is off on an adventure in a camper, seeking a way to get rich using the wind. Ronnie’s brother, Gee, is a handful and Ronnie spends most of her time keeping him from killing himself or destroying the world. Just when Pop is ready to turn around and return the two kids to their mother, Gee disappears and the search for Gee h ...more
Apr 09, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Texas Bluebonnet for next year. Ronnie takes off on a summer adventure when her grandfather agrees to allow her and her brother, Gee, to accompany him in his work (a wind prospector). Having never been an active part of the family before, Ronnie's grandfather is in for a huge surprise when he realizes that Gee is ADHD and always stirring up mischief. This book was too slow for me to really enjoy, but it was interesting to read about Gee...I learned a lot about what it would be like to have a hyp ...more
Dec 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-lit
Veronica is a smart, spunky and responsible girl who spends the bulk of her time keeping her little brother Gee out of trouble. While on an RV trip through Kansas with her estranged grandfather and Gee, she encounters adventure, mishaps, and friendship. The challenges she faces lead to personal growth that extends beyond the philosophy in her favorite self-help book, yet the book maintains a lighthearted tone throughout. This entertaining novel has great humour and keeps a fast pace with Gee’s e ...more
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was privileged to hear J.B. Cheaney present a workshop using this book before I had gotten very far into it. She was working with children in grades 4 through 12 and she brought newspaper clippings and slides to explain how she collected the ideas that were woven together in this story of a road trip across Kansas. Having heard the author read the section where the children are banished to a tent during a wind storm really brought the book to life for me. This book is a lot of fun and I can't
Aug 24, 2009 rated it liked it
SSYRA book for 2009-2010 for Elementary....good book for the "other" child that has an ADHD sibling..It's told from the perspective of the organized sister with the younger brother with ADHD and how difficult it can be...good story....a bit farfetched for the ending, but Hey! It's a kids book!
Feb 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10 to 12 yr. olds
Ronnie Sparks, 12, is organized and responsible for her younger brother Gee, most of the time. Gee's ADHD makes her life chaotic. Her chance to 'get away' comes when her grandfather agrees to take Ronnie and Gee in his RV, while prospecting for wind in Kansas. Bluebonnet nominee 08-09.
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure I would enjoy or appreciate this book when the author obviously was clueless about where Big Brutus is in comparison to Pittsburg. But the more I read, the more I enjoyed it. Kansas is a wide open space ready to be discovered. More people should.
Apr 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cool
I liked this book because in it this boy and this girl have to travel with their very weird grandpa. Why is their grandpa weird? Where do they have to go? What will they do? Read this book and find out!!! :)
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-school
I really enjoyed this realistic fiction travel adventure.
well no idea how this book jumped off the shelf and into my bag to read but i did enjoy it

it is meant for teens but all could read and enjoy
Jul 09, 2011 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 26, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Getting a bit more interesting...

Aug 20, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-rf
Characters..characters..characters. A good story has many that people can identify with, and this one has just that!
Sep 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Very good young adult book. I liked the story line about families and that we are never to old or too young to learn about life and relationships.
Mar 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and liked the ending, but found it to be slow in some places. It will be interesting to see how the bluebonnet readers feel about this one.
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
its the best of all
Well written with an interesrting mix of characters.
Hiba Siddiqui
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good!! It was a short, quick read that left me wanting more. I would give this book four and a half stars.
Jun 06, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-new
Jacqueline Higginbotham
This was a cute book about a girl that has to deal with having an ADHD brother. A lot of kids will be able to relate to the characters.
Karen Gibson
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2008-09 Bluebonnet
Would make a great read aloud
Strong boy and girl characters
Boy has ADHD and it is handled realistically.
Flyp 2011 Tweens
Aug 26, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Sunshine State pick 2009-2010
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J. B. Cheaney’s The Playmaker was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten First Novels for Teens. She and her husband live in the Ozarks of Missouri.
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