The Echo Park Castaways by M.G. Hennessey

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

The simple description is: Three foster siblings band together to help their newest brother. But it’s never that simple. Nevaeh (who’s black), Vic (who’s Salvadoran), and Mara (who’s Latinx) know the ropes of the foster-care system, and they’re in a pretty great situation with their current foster mom, Mrs. K. But their newest arrival, Quentin (who’s white), doesn’t know that, and with his Asperger’s, he finds his new family overwhelming. All he wants is to track down his mother, who is fighting cancer. Vic, who identifies as a kid secret agent, decides the way to help Quentin is to take him on a quest to find his mom in the hospital (a few towns away), and he’s the person for the job. What he doesn’t count on is little Mara tagging along and Nevaeh taking it upon herself as the oldest to bring them all home. The narration alternates among three of the four kids (Mara only speaks Spanish, and doesn’t get to tell her side of the story). Each child has a specific role in the group, and they each contribute to what makes them…a family.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC HENNESSEY)

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