Bancks Tristan On the Run, 227 pages. Farrar, Straus, Giroux (Macmillan), 2016. $17. Langaige: G (2 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some fighting, little blood).
Ben Silver and his family don’t have a great life, but they have a house and they have plenty of food. Then the police come looking for his parents and when Mom and Dad arrive home, they tell Ben and his sister that the family is going on a vacation. Ben’s never been on one of those before! But vacations can’t be like what their family is doing – hiding out in a cabin deep in the woods with no electricity, very little food, and keeping out of sight. What is going on? If Ben is going to be a cop when he grows up, he needs to find out the secret his parents are keeping.
Ben’s transformation from doughy bystander to active detective is heartening. The action is tight and tense, a great book for a upper elementary student or reluctant middle schooler.
EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher