Premise: Lucy's ticket out of Sunnyside Trailer Park is a robot competition--the BotBlock--with her friend Cam. But Lucy's still reeling from her grandma's recent death, taking care of her younger sister Izzy, and living with a mom who struggles with mental illness and doesn't always take her medications, so things don't always go Lucy's way.
What I loved: The hard but honest but loving way Erin Moulton blends her story with something as difficult to depict as mental illness. In light of the recent push for #WeNeedDiverseBooks, here's a middle grade novel that deals with mental illness in a realistic but compassionate frame.
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