The Daredevils by Rob Buyea
Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Publishing Date: August 9, 2022
Readers on the cusp of adolescence will find much to love in this middle grade novel from the author of the beloved MR. TERUPT series that follows three kids who come to realize that letting go of childhood means boldly taking risks to face the future while learning from the past.
Loretta and her twin brother, Waylon, are headed to middle school. Loretta has always been quick with her fists and her wits. Since Waylon is on the small side, Loretta doesn’t let anyone mess with him. But now she worries he won’t survive without her by his side. Her secret plan: bulk him up with muscle over the summer. Little does she know that Waylon has a plan of his own. He’ll show his sister he can take care of himself.
As each puts their strategy in motion, Loretta and Waylon spend the summer going into the woods behind their house, even sneaking there in the dead of night. That’s where they first encounter Louie, who is about their age but noticeably bigger. Louie is homeschooled, he explains when Loretta gives him the third degree. Loretta, Waylon, and Louie soon fall into a comfortable friendship and continue their nightly forest adventures. When they unearth a mysterious box, the past collides with the present, propelling the trio on a quest that will forever change their lives.
Rob Buyea’s spirited dual narrative drives this funny, touching brother-sister story, where even the best-laid plans sometimes backfire and feelings may get bruised, but family and friends always count. Letting go of childhood means boldly taking risks to face the future while learning from the past.
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About the Author:
Rob Buyea is a former teacher and the author of the Mr. Terupt series, The Perfect Score series, and What Comes Next. As a young boy, he spent countless hours exploring the woods. He is a true country-music fan, as are his wife and children, though they won’t admit it.
I was first drawn to the cover I know I am at it again but when I read the synopsis and realised who the author was an that he wrote the Mr Terupt series which I have not read but this will get rectified I knew I just had to read The Daredevils.
Omg the story and the characters were 3D even the parents who were visible were certainly hilarious naming their kids after country and western singers Waylon and Loretta who were twins. My favourite character was Loretta her chapters sounded like she was having a chat with you. When she started talking about Mr Miyagi in my head I was going wax on wax off. I loved all the pop culture related to films and it has made me want to re-watch. I loved how Waylon loved books and there was a lot of referencing to Hatchet and My Side of the Mountain which I have not read but have added them to my TBR. The story worked well having each chapter told by either Loretta or Waylon and that helped with the flow I found it a very quick and enjoyable read. I finished this book Monday (8th) at 2am and for a good part of that I was moved to tears not any tears I mean the ugly type. So I had to give this wonderful book 5 stars