Friday, May 4, 2018

Apartment 1986 by Lisa Papdemetriou - OPTIONAL

Papademetriou, Lisa Apartment 1986, 254 pages. Harper, 2017.  $17.  Content: G.

When things aren’t going well in Callie’s life, she takes a break one day by skipping out on school.  Going to one of her favorite NYC museums, she meets a boy and they strike up a conversation of sorts.  When skipping school becomes easier than dealing with the drama, the whole week becomes one without school.  This gives Callie time to notice that her grandmother is acting strangely also.  What is it about 1986 that is so compelling to her?  This may be one of the missing clues to help her family heal once and for all.

I was so hoping that this was going to be a time travel adventure, but it was not.  While Callie’s family problems and her interactions with her new museum friend are typical of realistic tween girl genre, there is not enough emotional connection to help me fall in love with it. 

EL, MS - OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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