I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Eddie Whatever by Lois Ruby
Genres: Contemporary, Middle Grade, Mystery
Published by Carolrhoda Books on November 1, 2021
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Thirteen-year-old Eddie's Mitzvah Project takes him to Silver Brook retirement home, where his assumptions about the elderly are upended by a ghost, a thief, long-running disagreements, and unexpected romance.
Here is what I thought
I am either starting to like Middle Grade Contemporary books or I have just done a great job of picking some out but I really enjoyed this one!
Eddie needs a Mitzvah project and his mother has the perfect place for him. Silver Creek retirement facility needs volunteers. This doesn’t thrill Eddie at all because what kid wants to spend their time with a bunch of seniors. Though once he gets their his prospective on things changes. He meets two old guys who love to argue but are best friends, finds out that one guy is a bit of a romeo and wants to propose to one of the ladies there. He meets a lady who had a stroke and couldn’t talk and gets a bright idea about what to do with his robot project he is working on at school. He as meets a woman who has lived sad life and we get an education in the Holocoast.
While there one day he learns that some things have been going missing, now he is his being accused of theft because it just started happening around the same time he started volunteering. He is very upset that they think he would ever still from the seniors as he has been really enjoying his time with them. So him and a friend who is also there volunteering set out to try and figure out what is happening and in doing so learns some interesting things about one of the senior couples living there.
I just thought this was a super sweet story about a kid learning that seniors are as boring as he thought they would be and that he can learn some interesting things about them and life in general. I also learned that there is a bat and bar mitzvah, one for girls and one for boys which I guess I just never thought much about as I have heard it said both ways. Also I liked the history lesson because I think to many people these days wants us to forget about the horrible things that happened in history, but we can’t learn to not do bad things if we don’t learn about the bad things of the past.
If you enjoy middle grade books I would most definitly recommend this one!