Middle of Nowhere
Middle of Nowhere
Groundwood Books, Hardcover, 9781554981311, 214pp.
Publication Date: February 21, 2012
Besides, Curtis is used to looking after himself and his five-year-old brother, Artie, and for a time he manages things on his own, keeping their mother's absence a secret. He knows exactly what will happen if any of the teachers find out the truth. He still remembers his last horrible foster home all too clearly.
Curtis gets pretty good at forging his mother's signature, but when the credit card maxes out and the landlord starts pressuring for the rent, it's more than a twelve-year-old can handle. Just in time, Curtis and Artie make friends with Mrs. Burt, the cranky, lonely old lady who lives across the street. And when the authorities start to investigate, the boys agree to go with Mrs. Burt to her remote cabin by the lake, and the three of them abscond in her 1957 Chevy Bel Air.
At the lake, the boys' days are filled with wood-chopping, outhouse-building, fishing, swimming and Mrs. Burt's wonderful cooking. But as the summer sails by, Curtis can't stop thinking about his mother's promise.
Then the weather grows colder, and Mrs. Burt seems to be preparing to spend the winter at the cabin, and Curtis starts to worry.
Have they really all just absconded to the lake for a summer holiday? Or have the two boys been kidnapped?
Set in Vancouver and the B.C. wilderness (the trip to the cabin involves a hilarious white-knuckled road trip through Hope), this is a book that reflects Caroline Adderson's many writerly strengths her "wit and a facility for dialogue, good pacing and a brisk, clean prose style" (Globe and Mail), her "close observation of telling details" (Quill & Quire) and her ability to "celebrate a child's imagination in a realistically humorous way" (Canadian Materials).
"Two-time Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize winner Caroline Adderson is that rare bird: a writer who brings to the middle-grade novel the artistry and respect it deserves…To write them requires a particular skill set, one that Adderson exhibits in spades."—Quill and Quire, starred review
"Highly Recommended."—CM Magazine
'Do you understand now, boys, why I can’t ever go into an old folks’ home? Who would help me with my gas?'
'The nurses,' I said.
'Ha. They won’t. They’ll put me in diapers and leave me in the corner.'
'You’re too old for diapers, Mrs. Burt,' Artie said.
'Darn right I am.'"
from the book