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Chasing the Milky Way by [Erin E. Moulton]

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Gr 5–7—Few middle-grade books depict a parent's mental illness as well as this one. Lucy Peevey, 12, and her best friend, Cam, dream of getting out of Sunnyside Trailer Park. To do so, they plan to compete in the BotBlock robot-programming contest. They have been saving up for months to pay the entrance fee, hoping that the prize money will lead to a better life. Cam's mom has an abusive boyfriend and Lucy's mom has manic-depressive disorder and hasn't been taking her medication. As Lucy's grandma explains to her, "It's like when one second you're so high you can taste the sweetness of the Milky Way." And "the next second it's like you have your head in the sand, and any sort of critter can go wandering in one ear and out the other." Lucy and Cam are competing against other kids with supportive parents, better equipment, and enough money not to have to worry about the entrance fee. And when Lucy's mother's has her head in the sand, anything can mess with the girls' already slim chances of entering and winning the contest. Moulton's characters are well developed, and Mama, in particular, never becomes a caricature of a person with mental health issues. Instead, she is nuanced, her disorder pulling back at just the right time. Readers who have a loved one with a similar illness will have much to relate to, and those who don't will see others in a more discerning light. There is also a good amount of science content, particularly coding and space themes, which could be tied into a STEAM book club. Just like Mrs. Peevey's manic-depressive disorder, Chasing the Milky Waytakes readers along for the highest of highs and lowest of lows. A much-needed addition.—Jessica Ko, Los Angeles Public Library --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lucy, 12, has a plan to get out of Sunnyside trailer park: she and her best friend, Cam, will win the BotBlock challenge with their homemade robot and use the prize money and scholarships to make all their dreams come true. But when her mom’s bipolar disorder gets out of control and she tries to escape across state lines with Cam, Lucy, and Lucy’s little sister, Izzy, in tow, they end up on the run from the police and in more trouble than she could ever solve on her own. Aspiring scientist Lucy and Cam, who is having trouble at home with his mother’s abusive boyfriend, stubbornly believe that if they just work hard, they can accomplish anything, but their inability to connect with Lucy’s mom tests their resolve. Moulton handles Lucy’s mom’s mental illness with a gentle, evenhanded touch—her behavior is unpredictable and sometimes very scary, but, throughout it all, it’s clear that she loves her children. An empathetic portrayal of mental illness full of sensitivity and, ultimately, hope. Grades 5-8. --Sarah Hunter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00FKERU5O
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Philomel Books (June 12, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 12, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 909 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 290 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0399164499
  • Customer Reviews:
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Erin E. Moulton writes books and tracks dead people. An experienced novelist, Erin is the author of Flutter, Tracing Stars, Chasing the Milky Way and Keepers of the Labyrinth. She is also the editor of Things We Haven’t Said: Sexual Violence Survivors Speak Out. In addition to her creative pursuits, Erin has over 12 years of experience tracking down interesting real-life questions at the reference desk and is an experienced librarian and genealogist. She holds a BA from Emerson College, an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University. When she isn’t searching for just the right word or just the right clue, she can be found teaching people of all ages about writing, publishing and research. Visit her online at www.erinemoulton.com.

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