The Way to Stay in Destiny by Augusta Scattergood

Published by Scholastic Press

Summary:  Theo’s spent his whole life on a farm in Kentucky with his grandparents.  But now the farm’s been sold, and he’s living in Destiny, Florida with his Uncle Raymond, whom he met for the first time a few weeks ago.  Uncle Raymond doesn’t seem to like him much, which makes sharing a room at the Rest Easy boarding kind of tough.  But Theo’s determined to make the best of his situation.  For starters, there’s a piano at the Rest Easy, which Theo can play by ear (even though his uncle hates piano music).  Then there’s his new friend Anabel, who’s an even bigger Atlanta Braves fan than Theo.  She signs him up for her extra credit school project, which is to figure out if Braves players ever spent time in Destiny.  Now Uncle Raymond thinks he wants to move.  Can Theo figure out a way to stay in Destiny?

Pros:  The characters are memorable and likable (even Uncle Raymond by the end of the story), and the writing is beautifully evocative.

Cons:  There’s not much to the story.  The description promises a mystery and an adventure.  I’m not really sure what the mystery was and any adventure was pretty tame.

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