Author: Gephart, Donna
Cleveland Rosebud Potts yearns to leave Sassafras, Florida for a rich and cultured life at The American School of Paris, but problems with family, friends, and finances stand in her way.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 507060
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/19)
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Booklist - 10/15/2019 Times have been hard for 12-year-old Cleveland and her family. Her father’s in prison after stealing money at work. Though he also stole her savings, she’s forgiven him, but it’s hard to put up with gossip at school and in town. And when her sole friend, Dec, seems less interested in her because he wants to spend time with Todd, it’s awkward, partly because Cleveland’s dad stole from Todd’s father’s company, and also because she hadn’t realized that Dec is gay. Cleveland dreams of leaving Sassafras, Florida, for Paris, France. Written in first person, the story creates a sympathetic main character and reveals her inner turmoil during a stressful period. Near the end, every painful area of her life seems to take a turn for the better, from her father returning home, finding a job, and attending Gamblers Anonymous meetings to Todd becoming a loyal friend. While all the loose ends are tied up neatly by the story’s conclusion, perhaps a little too neatly to be entirely convincing, readers will wish this sympathetic narrator well. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.