Major Detours: A Choices Novel

Running Pr. Kids. Sept. 2021. 320p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780762471416.
Gr 10 Up–Amelia (assumed white), Chase (assumed white), Logan (Trinidadian of African, Indian, and French descent; brown-skinned), and Cleo (who has a Japanese surname), decide to go on one last road trip before they all move away for college, carrying a special tarot deck inherited by Amelia’s deceased grandmother as their guide. During their journey, they take major detours that cause them to meet new people (good and bad) and endure some dangerous and stressful situations that result in different forms of self-discovery. The characters all have realistic problems and contemplate questions about the future that will resonate with young people. Identity struggles that the LGBQTIA+ community often face are also woven in throughout, but with hopeful outcomes. Readers will enjoy a mystical ride with the teens and help them decide their destiny with this interactive novel that allows readers to make choices about the story along the way.
VERDICT Perfect for older teens who enjoy stories of adventure, mystery, and those that involve solving puzzles, riddles, and codes.

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