- Author: Sarah Sullivan
- Performed by MacLeod Andrews
- Released: October 2013 by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
- Category: Young Adult Fiction
When his grandfather’s dementia raises the specter of foster care, Arlo flees to find his only other family member in this genuine, heartening novel. Arlo’s grandfather travels in time. Not literally — he just mixes up the past with the present.
Arlo Sabatini’s parents died when he was two years old so there’s just been himself and his grandfather, Poppo, for as long as Arlo can remember.
Lately though, Poppo has been getting the past mixed up with the present and Arlo has been doing his best to look after him but how long can he carry on without someone finding out. Then Poppo has a stroke and is taken to hospital.
Arlo is sent to a children’s home when it becomes apparent there’s no-one to look after him. And so Arlo takes matters into his own hands and runs away to his grandmother Ida’s house. Ida and Poppo haven’t spoken for years and Arlo can’t really remember his grandmother.
Poppo recovers well but decides it’s best for both him and Arlo if he goes into sheltered accommodation and Arlo stays with his grandmother in Edgewater.
While Arlo is trying to come to terms with his mixed emotions about the changes in his life and work out why his grandmother and Poppo have been on bad terms, he and his new friend, Maywood help to solve a decades old mystery.
A very emotional and touching story given a convincingly sensitive and warm delivery by MacLeod Andrews.
This is such a moving and thoughtful story with a lovely main character. I wanted to scoop Arlo up and look after him. It’s also the story of a boy’s determination, strength and love as well as family and trust. Real emotion shone through the writing without it being slushy or soppy.