Tori Porter is best friends with her mom, and most of the time it's awesome. 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 Paperbacks
- Publish Date: February 2015
- Page Count: 240
- Reading Level: Ages 9-13
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.)