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The Daredevils by Rob Buyea
Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Publishing Date: August 9, 2022
Synopsis: Readers on the cusp of adolescence will find much to love in this middle grade novel from the author of the beloved MR. TERUPT series that follows three kids who come to realize that letting go of childhood means boldly taking risks to face the future while learning from the past. Loretta and her twin brother, Waylon, are headed to middle school. Loretta has always been quick with her fists and her wits. Since Waylon is on the small side, Loretta doesn’t let anyone mess with him. But now she worries he won’t survive without her by his side. Her secret plan: bulk him up with muscle over the summer. Little does she know that Waylon has a plan of his own. He’ll show his sister he can take care of himself. As each puts their strategy in motion, Loretta and Waylon spend the summer going into the woods behind their house, even sneaking there in the dead of night. That’s where they first encounter Louie, who is about their age but noticeably bigger. Louie is homeschooled, he explains when Loretta gives him the third degree. Loretta, Waylon, and Louie soon fall into a comfortable friendship and continue their nightly forest adventures. When they unearth a mysterious box, the past collides with the present, propelling the trio on a quest that will forever change their lives. Rob Buyea’s spirited dual narrative drives this funny, touching brother-sister story, where even the best-laid plans sometimes backfire and feelings may get bruised, but family and friends always count. Letting go of childhood means boldly taking risks to face the future while learning from the past.
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This is one of the best MG Contemporary books I’ve read in a very long time. I loved the cult classic movie and classic country music references throughout the book. It provided a sense of nostalgia for me at times. I also love that young people today will get to discover them all because of this book.
Twins Loretta and Waylon are complete opposites. Loretta is the tough jock while Waylon is seen as the weak brainiac. Their bond has always been close but now that they’re getting ready to go into Jr. High where they’ll be separated by classes and friends this last summer is all about teaching them how to survive without the other.
When they find a mysterious box in the woods they’ve explored a hundred times they are lead down a path to finding themselves. They also find a boy named Louie whose home life is just as mysterious as the items in the box.
These three friends go through a journey of self discovery together and don’t just find their individual strengths but the strengths they have together. This is the perfect book about family and friendship. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for their next coming of age MG contemporary.
I picked up the audiobook and definitely recommend it in audio format!
Rob Buyea is a former teacher and the author of the Mr. Terupt series, The Perfect Score series, and What Comes Next. As a young boy, he spent countless hours exploring the woods. He is a true country-music fan, as are his wife and children, though they won’t admit it.
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