Tori Porter is best friends with her mom, and most of the time it s awesome. Not many girls have a mom who d take them to a graveyard for hide-and-seek or fill the bathtub with ice cream for the world s biggest sundae. Read more...
Tori Porter is best friends with her mom, and most of the time it s awesome. Not many girls have a mom who d take them to a graveyard for hide-and-seek or fill the bathtub with ice cream for the world s biggest sundae. But as much as Tori loves having fun, she sometimes wishes her mom would act a little more her age. Like now.
Thanks to her mom s poor financial planning, they are in danger of losing their business and their home. But an unusual opportunity arises in the form of a bizarre type of contest put on by an eccentric relative: Whoever can survive two weeks in the Archibald Family s colonial manor will inherit the property. The catch? Contestants have to live as in colonial times: no modern conveniences, no outside help, and daily tests of their abilities to survive challenges of the time period.
Tori thinks it s the perfect answer to their debt problems, but she and her mom aren t the only ones interested. The other family members seem to be much more prepared for the two weeks on the manor and it doesn t help that Mom doesn t seem to be taking the contest seriously. Do they stand a chance?"
- ISBN-13: 9781481405089
- ISBN-10: 148140508X
- Publisher: Aladdin
- Publish Date: February 2015
- Page Count: 240
- Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-12-22
- Reviewer: Staff
Thirteen-year-old Tori and her widowed mother have always been a team, but Tori feels like the adult in the relationship (an early scene has her mother hiding in a cupboard to scare Tori). Her mother’s dress shop is struggling, so Tori leaps at a surprise chance to inherit her late Great-Aunt Muriel’s estate. To do so, they must compete against the rest of the family in a “test of wit and will,” living as though in colonial times, without any modern conveniences, and winning challenges like cooking gruel and making arrows for target practice. A cute boy on the staff, conniving cousins, witch trials, and various surprises spice up Tori’s travails, and her dry humor is often downright hilarious. (“Maybe Mom and I didn’t need candles,” thinks Tori during a close encounter with lard. “Maybe we could just develop night vision, like owls, or scream at objects to find them, like bats.”) Making the most of a fun premise, Whittemore (D Is for Drama) adeptly fuses comic moments with a testy but loving mother-daughter relationship and intriguing details about 17th-century life. Ages 9–13. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Feb.)