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Clean Getaway

Clean Getaway

Book - 2020 | First Edition
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"For the life of him, William "Scoob" Lamar can't seem to stay out of trouble--and now the run-ins at school have led to lockdown at home. So when G'ma, Scoob's favorite person on Earth, asks him to go on an impromptu road trip, he's in the RV faster than he can say FREEDOM. With G'ma's old maps and a strange pamphlet called the 'Travelers' Green Book' at their side, the pair takes off on a journey down G'ma's memory lane. But adventure quickly turns to uncertainty: G'ma keeps changing the license plate, dodging Scoob's questions, and refusing to check Dad's voice mails. And the farther they go, the more Scoob realizes that the world hasn't always been a welcoming place for kids like him, and things aren't always what they seem--G'ma included"--Jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Crown Books for Young Readers, [2020]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781984892973
1984892975
9781984892980
1984892983
Call Number: j STONE 2020
Characteristics: 227 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Anyabwile, Dawud 1965-- Illustrator

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William “Scoob” Lamar opts for a road trip with his grandma instead of being grounded for spring break. Grandma’s 1963 edition of the Traveler’s Green book gives her grandson some insight into their trip in this richly historical story.

Questions 2 and 3. Grades 4-7. William "Scoob" Lamar can't seem to stay out of trouble, so when G'ma, his favorite person on Earth, asks him to go on an impromptu road trip, he's in the RV faster than he can say FREEDOM. With a strange pamphlet called the 'Travelers' Green Book' at thei... Read More »


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DCLkids Jun 11, 2021

A Great Books for Great Kids staff pick. Go on a road trip with G'ma to learn about the civil rights movement. Grades 7-8.

OPL_KIDS May 01, 2020

Clean Getaway was absolutely fabulous. William “Scoob” Lamar is grounded. After one too many incidents at school, he is on lock-down at home. Then one day, after selling her home, all of her possessions, and buying a Winnebago, his grandma shows up and decides to take Scoob on an impromptu road trip through the South. They follow the Green Book—a travel guide published from 1936-1967 to advise black people where the safe spaces to travel were. It was what she, a white woman, and her husband, a black man, used in the 60’s as their travel guide.
Scoob and his G’ma get many funny looks along the way as an old white woman and black boy traveling together, but Scoob revels in the freedom. But when things start to not add up with his G’ma, he’s not so sure what her plan is on this trip or if things are as she says they are. This book deals with many heavy topics like civil rights, segregation, and racial inequality, but they are weaved effortlessly into the story to make them understandable and accessible to children. I cannot recommend this book enough!

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darladoodles
Feb 04, 2020

I was reading this while my family was embarking on a trip of our own, so I was in a road trip state of mind. This new middle grade novel by Nic Stone will have wide appeal. Most readers will be able to relate to our hero and the inter-generational dilemmas he experiences. Using the green book as a destination determination device will help kids learn more about the era where this book was a necessity for travel. Would be a great book to utilize to discuss this era of our history as well as other race-related issues. I enjoyed being along for the ride and wish I could meet G'ma.

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