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Waiting for Augusta
by Jessica Lawson


Overview - With a fresh, funny voice, lots of adventure, and a healthy dose of magic, from 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
With a fresh, funny voice, lots of adventure, and a healthy dose of magic, from 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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781481448390
  • ISBN-10: 1481448390
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: May 2016
  • Page Count: 336
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Sports & Recreation - Golf

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-05-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

In a story set in 1972 in a South pushing back against integration, Lawson (Nooks & Crannies) delivers a complex and often touching exploration of father-son relationships. Ben Putter's recently deceased father, a passionate golfer who never went pro, seemed perpetually disappointed with his shy son, who lives to draw and paint. When he starts speaking to Ben from the urn that holds his ashes, Ben—in an act that goes against everything in his nature—sets out to scatter the ashes on the 18th hole of the Augusta National Golf Club, 400 miles away, accompanied by a runaway named Noni who has her own, unexplained, reasons for needing to get to Augusta. Their journey follows a few predictable lines—taking on fake identities, hopping freight trains, and truck stealing—and some atypical ones, such as Ben expertly butchering a pig. Throughout, Ben and his father have the conversations they couldn't when his father was alive. Ben and Noni are believable characters whose contrasting personalities play well against each other, but the story's magical elements mix uneasily with its strong foundation of realism. Ages 8–12. Agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. (May)

 
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