Book Review: The Last Chance Texaco

The Last Chance Texaco by Brett Hartinger (NEW!)

SUMMARY: Lucy Pitt is 15 when she is sent to Kindle Home, a group home and her last chance at a semi-normal life. If she makes any errors, she'll be sent to the high-security facility known as Eat-Their-Young Island. Kindle Home is different from the other places she's lived: it's a decaying mansion staffed by counselors who actually seem to care. Lucy realizes that she wants to stay there, and although she manages to weather the consequences of her own impulsive tendencies, she can't control the lack of funding that threatens the Home or the arson that is causing the neighbors to become even more leery of having such an establishment nearby. (adapted from the School Library Journal review)

OPINION: This book is small, short, and tells a unique story. Teens in foster care usually get the short end of the stick. They are older than the kids who typically get adopted and a lot of them have been in the system for a while. Lucy has to deal with typical teen concerns, while having no parents, living in a house full of messed-up kids, and going to a school where people hate her. It's no wonder she punches out a guy who picks on her...and that's only the beginning! This book is a realistic look at teens in foster care, and it's an engaging story as well. (PS--You might recognize the name of the author because he also wrote Geography Club. )


Kara said...

This is a really good book.
I love Brent Hartinger, he's one of my favorite authors. He's a friend of mine on my livejournal, and we comment on each others posts! he's a really great guy who is in touch with his readers.

Gretchen said...

So cool! What's your LJ? What's his LJ?

Kara said...

My lj is: www.livejournal.com/users/yuki_dragon/

His is www.livejournal.com/users/brentsbrain/

He's really awesome! I suggest reading his back entries, he usually has humorous stories from his book tours, as well as updates on his upcoming works.