Hilmo, Tess Skies Like These, 231 pgs. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014. $16.99 Content: PG.
Jade’s parents want her to have an adventure, so they send her to Jade’s Aunt Elise’s house in Wyoming. While in Wyoming Jade becomes friends with Roy, a boy whose parents just lost their hardware store in their small town because a big box hardware store moved in down the street. Roy is determined to make the owner of the offending hardware store pay, so he comes up with crazy and sometimes illegal schemes to irritate him. Roy thinks he is a descendant of Butch Cassidy and that his adventures are similar because he is going to take from the rich and give to the poor.
This is a cute book about friendship and taking care of those who need a hand up. Roy’s ideas for stealing from the rich sometimes made me uncomfortable, such as sneaking into the hardware store owner’s house and taking pictures of his art so he could sell it on e-bay. He was also scoping out the bank to rob with his realistic toy gun. These are the reasons I gave the book a PG rating. Roy never actually follows through with any of his illegal ideas. I love Tess Hilmo’s writing and she has a great moral to her story of helping others.
EL (4-6), MS-ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.