Author: Haydu, Corey Ann
To Elodee, eleven, things seem a little too perfect in Eventown when she moves there with her parents and identical twin, Naomi, especially since forgetting the past is so highly valued.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.60
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 501031
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 15.0 Quiz: 76707
Kirkus Reviews (+) (11/01/18)
School Library Journal (+) (11/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/12/18)
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School Library Journal - 11/01/2018 Gr 5–7—What would you give up to always be content, to never experience grief or intense anger? Would you give up choice, variety, creativity, joy? These are exactly the questions addressed when Elodee and her twin sister Naomi move with their parents to Eventown in order to get a fresh start in their lives. The family has experienced something terrible—an unknown event from which they have not been able to recover. All of that changes upon the family's arrival in their new town. It is quite literally a place where the sun always shines. There are no cars needed in Eventown since everyone bikes, the neighbors are friendly, and their new school is pleasant. Her parents are happy, as if the strain on them has been lifted, and her sister fits in like a glove. Elodee is only one who feels a distant strangeness, as if it is all a little too pleasant. Elodee begins to question her "perfect" new home. She notices that all the houses look exactly the same, the library is filled with blank books, and the ice cream shop only serves three flavors. Elodee must being to unravel her family's past in order to figure out what's missing and find true emotional closure for all of them. VERDICT An emotionally complex and wonderfully told story that will capture tween readers.—Patricia Feriano, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.