I was wandering through the library catalog when I saw a kid’s book with a four and a half stars rating (yes, there are ratings in the library catalog, and you can add your own!). In this case, the rater, Elizabeth Ramsey Bird from New York, called it “A book you shouldn’t miss.” So I read through the summary (yes, there are summaries in the library catalog!) and thought the cubs would love this one. The title is Crunch by Leslie Connor, recommended for grades 4 – 8. When the country runs out of oil the Mariss parents are halfway across the country on their annual “honeymoon” vacation. No oil means no way to get home. Days and weeks pass but the energy crunch doesn’t end. The parents are stranded. The five Mariss kids are on their own. The Kirkus Review (yes, the library catalog has reviews!) calls it “charming and original.” It’s a Sasquatch Award Nominee for 2013, and if you have a kid, you probably know about the Sasquatch Award. The library has 22 copies. Or you can borrow the eBook (yes, the library has eBooks!). Or hey, listen to the recorded book, which, ahem, I should mention you can also check out from your lovely local library.
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