By Kelsey Gallant (ASIN: B01MRC9RAA) Recommended age: 11+
At school and with his friends, Stivre Faremont puts on a “cool guy” act—he’s into snowboarding and skateboarding, he does okay in his low-level classes, and he thinks his mom is a mental case. What his friends don’t see is his fear that they’ll eventually find out the rest of the story—his passion for art, the fact that his classes are far too easy for him, and his secret longing for his mom to be more mature and mom-like. While Stivre and his friends are gearing up for an amazing weekend of skiing and snowboarding (Book 41, “Halfway to Independence Day”, in 9th Grade With My Expanding Experiences, My Rollercoaster Relationships, & Me), Stivre is simultaneously trying to come to terms with his disdain over his mother’s recent engagement and his yearning for the dad he never had. However, a weekend away can bring some surprising revelations… and comfort from a source he never expected.