The Last Grand Adventure
Twelve-year-old Bea finds herself on a unique road-trip with her grandmother, as they search for her grandmother’s long-lost sister—the legendary Amelia Earhart—in this charming novel from the author of When Audrey Met Alice and Summer of Lost and Found.It’s 1967 and twelve-year-old Bea is in need of some adventure. Her mother is off in San Francisco, while her father has just gotten remarried in Los Angeles. Bea has gained a younger stepsister, and she’s not thrilled about her blended family. So when her ailing grandmother, Pidge, moves to an Orange County senior-living community and asks if Bea would spend the summer helping her get settled, Bea is happy for any excuse to get away.But it turns out, her grandmother isn’t interested in settling in. What she really wants is to hop a train back to Atchison, Kansas—where she thinks she’ll be reunited with her long-missing sister: Amelia Earhart. And she wants Bea to be her sidekick on this secret trip.At first, Bea thinks her grandmother’s plan is a little crazy. But Pidge has thirty years of letters written in “Meelie’s” unmistakable voice, all promising to reunite. This might be the adventure Bea needs…With letters in hand, Bea and Pidge set off on their quest to find Amelia. But getting halfway across the country proves to be more of an adventure than either of them bargained for. And their search for Amelia leads to some surprising truths about their family—and each other.

The Last Grand Adventure Details

TitleThe Last Grand Adventure
Author
ReleaseMar 20th, 2018
PublisherAladdin
ISBN-139781481496926
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Historical, Historical Fiction

The Last Grand Adventure Review

  • Kate Olson
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the author for the review copy ~ all opinions are my own. I'll do this one list style ~ here is what I loved about it!- historical fiction covering TWO periods of history- fabulous down-and-dirty road trip showcasing a lot of the US- using journaling for adventures AND worries- rich relationship between granddaughter and grandmother - Amelia Earhart!!!Highly recommend for libraries serving middle grades - the sweet spot for this one is grades 4-6 in my opinion, appropriate for younger Thanks to the author for the review copy ~ all opinions are my own. I'll do this one list style ~ here is what I loved about it!- historical fiction covering TWO periods of history- fabulous down-and-dirty road trip showcasing a lot of the US- using journaling for adventures AND worries- rich relationship between granddaughter and grandmother - Amelia Earhart!!!Highly recommend for libraries serving middle grades - the sweet spot for this one is grades 4-6 in my opinion, appropriate for younger as a read aloud.
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  • Jessica Lawson
    January 1, 1970
    Oh goodness, this one's a road trip for the ages. I am a HUGE fan of well-written multi-generational relationships, and to throw a meeting with Amelia Earhart into the stakes, well garsh. I'm in. Bea and Pidge are a superb pair and the growth they both experience shows how risk/journeying/adventure is medicine for every heart, no matter the age. A bonus for me was the treatment of the blended-family aspect, as I'm a stepmom.
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  • Laura Mossa
    January 1, 1970
    With her dad’s remarriage to Julie, new stepsister Sally, and her writer mom away covering the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco, it is completely natural for 12 year old Bea to feel a little lost When her grandmother Pidge moves from Boston to a retirement community in California, Bea agrees to stay with her and help Pidge get settled. In her worry journal, Bea admits her fears about leaving home. What if her dad and Julie enjoy her being gone? In contrast, Bea though writes in her adventure jo With her dad’s remarriage to Julie, new stepsister Sally, and her writer mom away covering the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco, it is completely natural for 12 year old Bea to feel a little lost When her grandmother Pidge moves from Boston to a retirement community in California, Bea agrees to stay with her and help Pidge get settled. In her worry journal, Bea admits her fears about leaving home. What if her dad and Julie enjoy her being gone? In contrast, Bea though writes in her adventure journal that “every adventure has to start somewhere.”Little does Bea know the adventure that is in store for her. Soon after she is dropped off, Pidge tells Bea of her plan to reunite with her missing sister, “Meelie” who just happens to be the famous aviator Amelia Earhart. At first, Bea seems skeptical but then Pidge shares Meelie’s letters with her. Bea had so many questions the first being was she up for this adventure? What if she is the the only Earhart who isn’t brave? And the most important question of all, what if this adventure changes her life?Rebecca Behrens writes a touching and heartwarming story chronicling Bea and Pidge’s journey to not only find “Meelie” but also find themselves. Through her relationship with her grandmother and their experiences together, Bea learns she is not lost, but part of an amazing family and has more courage than she ever realized. I can truly identify with Bea because I still have to keep my worry in check, but thankfully I know taking risks has helped shaped me into the person I am today. A special thanks to Rebecca Behrens for providing #bookexcursion group with an advance review copy of The Last Grand Adventure. Pre-order your copy now, for its release date is March 20, 2018.
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  • Amber Webb
    January 1, 1970
    The Last Grand Adventure was a historical fiction adventure that every child will want to go on. As Bea is challenged with fitting in with her "new" family and figuring out what is going on with her mother, she decided to spend some time with her grandmother who has always been very distant from her. This almost immediately seems like a bad idea, but Bea decides to view it as an opportunity for adventure instead of a worry. The adventures the two go on throughout the book REALLY push Bea to chan The Last Grand Adventure was a historical fiction adventure that every child will want to go on. As Bea is challenged with fitting in with her "new" family and figuring out what is going on with her mother, she decided to spend some time with her grandmother who has always been very distant from her. This almost immediately seems like a bad idea, but Bea decides to view it as an opportunity for adventure instead of a worry. The adventures the two go on throughout the book REALLY push Bea to change her attitude, perspective and sense of adventure. During the time she spends with her Grandma, Pidge, she realizes a lot about herself, her mother, her new stepfamily and what adventure really means. During the story I felt worry, excitement, fear, fun, sadness, joy, laughter and so much more. This book was a delight. I think that readers and classrooms will easily connect with and learn a great deal from Bea, Pidge, Meelie and their interactions throughout the story. The Last Grand Adventure has much to offer!
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    Here's the official review: Hooray for The Last Grand Adventure, an irresistible blend of historical fact and adventure-filled fiction! Behrens sweeps the reader up with this charming mystery about Amelia Earhart’s whereabouts and the unbreakable bond between sisters. Traveling with twelve-year-old Bea and her rule-breaking, free spirited grandmother Pidge across America in 1967 was the perfect way to explore timeless lessons about following dreams, taking risks, persevering, and the unshakable Here's the official review: Hooray for The Last Grand Adventure, an irresistible blend of historical fact and adventure-filled fiction! Behrens sweeps the reader up with this charming mystery about Amelia Earhart’s whereabouts and the unbreakable bond between sisters. Traveling with twelve-year-old Bea and her rule-breaking, free spirited grandmother Pidge across America in 1967 was the perfect way to explore timeless lessons about following dreams, taking risks, persevering, and the unshakable strength of family ties.Here's the unofficial one: I was an Amelia Earhart nerd, and this book was right up my inner-kid alley! I loved the way the relationships between sisters (of different generations) developed, and I know readers will have fun with Pidge, the rule-breaking Grandma.
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  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    "Why did adventure and uncertainty have to go hand in hand?"-Bea from The Last Grand Adventure by Rebecca Behrens. My heart is full after reading about Bea & Pidge's adventure to find family, courage, & themselves!
  • Nicole Giusto
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful story about finding yourself. Everyone should get a little "dust of adventure" on themselves at least once in their life! Loved the historical aspect of this book, but nothing beats the characters; Bea and her grandma Pidge. Will be reccomending to my fifth graders.
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  • Andréa
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher at ALA Midwinter 2018.
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