Not only does Socko worry about the best friend he leaves behind, but he discovers Moon Ridge Estates isn't what he expected. The nearly empty neighborhood is full of half finished houses, thanks to the struggling economy, and his spare time is spent with his crotchety great-grandfather instead of making new friends.
When a new family moves in across the street, Socko meets Livvy and discovers the once privileged daughter of the struggling developer of the neighborhood has problems as well. While they work to rebuild their lives, Socko and Livvy become friends and learn the importance of family and community as they struggle to help those in Socko's old neighborhood from the dangers he left behind while trying to save their new neighborhood at the same time.
Adrian Fogelin artfully weaves together a touching story of despair and poverty into one of hope while emphasizing the power of love through friendship and family. A sensitive and moving look at the effects of economic hardship across the classes of society. Recommended ages 8-12 but will especially appeal to the middle school reader.
Publisher: Peachtree (April 2012)
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