Waiting for Augusta

Waiting for Augusta

eBook - 2016
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With a fresh, funny voice, lots of adventure, and a healthy dose of magic, the author of The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher and Nooks & Crannies-which School Library Journal called "original, engaging, and funny" in a starred review-comes a profound tale of love, loss, and family.Eleven-year-old Benjamin Putter has a lump in his throat, and he's certain it's a golf ball. He knows it sounds crazy, but everything's been topsy-turvy since his father died last month. And he doesn't know how to fix it. Then, one day, something starts tugging at Ben, telling him to hurry to Augusta, Georgia-home of the most famous golf course in the world. Ben might be going a little crazy, but escaping Hilltop, Alabama, sounds like a darn good idea. (And just maybe it will make that lump go away.) As he makes his way to Augusta, Ben partners up with a mysterious runaway named Noni, and they embark on a journey full of strange and wonderful surprises-and possibly magic-at every turn.
Publisher: 2016.
ISBN: 9781481448413
Branch Call Number: eBook Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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PinesandPrejudice
Nov 13, 2017

What a lovely book about grief and golf. I think this is a great, magical little book set in a fun historical period where children could still run away or hijack a train. But it took great curiosity with the racial issues of the period which was greatly appreciated. I felt immersed in the town and the environment. As someone who knows a thing or two about golf, I was okay with all of the references but I wonder if someone who isn't might not enjoy it as much. Also, don't read it if you are a vegetarian. It made me think of my father, not just because of the golf, but because of the story.

The ending was marvelous but I wish there had been more clues leading up to the mystery. It wasn't very clear and felt a little far-fetched. But I still was surprised and enjoyed it a lot. It was a little slow at points and fell into "the son needing to prove himself to his father to earn his love" trope but I still enjoyed it. I just kept thinking what an important book this was for younger children who lose a loved one. I would recommend it to a lot of young readers.

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