Sometimes I don’t know why I pick books up. Maybe I saw something about it online? Maybe a co-worker added it my stack thinking I’d like it? Maybe someone, somewhere mentioned it? Maybe I liked the cover?
Sometimes books just call out to you, I guess. The cover reminds me a bit of Moon Over Manifest, an excellent book by Clare Vanderpool which won the Newbery some years ago, although The Road to Ever After has a boy facing away and headed down a road with a dog, while Moon has a girl coming towards you on a train track. It doesn’t suggest a grim dystopian beginning, the magic of a young artist, or anything resembling a walk with Death, but it drew me in, so let’s see where it goes, right?
It’s a quirky kind of a book, but a wonderful one. Davy David, the unacknowledged angel artist of brooms and twigs, is on his own in a grim sort of town with some unpleasant and unkind adults. The library, his sanctuary, is going to be closed, and he’s at loose ends until Miss Flint announces that she needs to drive him somewhere – he doesn’t know how to drive – so that she can die. She might look old and feeble, but she’s smart and has enough of a spark to lead him on a minor crime spree on the way to the shore and her planned death.
It’s not your average middle grade read, but that might just be the reason to pick it up.
The Road to Ever After by Moira Young with illustrations by Hannah George