Friday, November 14, 2014

Chasing the Milky Way by Erin E. Moulton

Chasing the Milky WayLucy and her best friend, Cam, live in a trailer park and have a plan to escape their situation. They've made a robot from scrap parts and plan to receive thousands of dollars by winning a competition. Lucy's mom has mental issues, and her moods quickly change from happy to depressed, with a warped sense of reality. Cam's mom's boyfriend is abusive. Their whole plan relies on winning the robot competition, but the school bully manages to complicate things. After he knocks a school computer into a pond, things really get out of hand. Lucy's mom is accused of kidnapping, and the police put out an Amber Alert.

Lucy's character is put in charge of her family's well-being. It's probably an exaggerated situation, but I'm sure there are real families where a child is the most responsible member of the family. I felt bad for Lucy, and I admired the positive qualities in her character. I won't say I always admire her actions, but her heart's in the right place.

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