When her adoptive mother dies, fifteen-year-old Mari and is desperate to avoid being caught up in the foster system. Again. And to complicate matters, she is now the only one who can take care of her super-smart and on-the-spectrum nine-year-old stepbrother, Conor.
Is there anyone Mari can trust to help them? Certainly not her mother's current boyfriend, Dennis. Not the doctors or her teachers, who would be obliged to call in social services. So in a desperate move, Mari takes Conor and sets out to find their estranged grandmother, hoping to throw themselves at the mercy of the only person who might take them in.
On their way to New England, the duo experiences the snarls of LA traffic, the backroads of the Midwest, and a monumental stop in Missouri where they witness the solar eclipse, an event with which Conor is obsessed. Mari also learns about the inner workings of her stepbrother's mind and about her connections to him and to the world...and maybe even a little about her own place in it.
A beautiful exploration of identity and family, this heartwarming and engaging middle-grade novel comes from renowned storyteller and two-time Grammy Award winner Bill Harley.
"I rooted for outcast-misfit protagonists Mari and Conor every mile and (every single page!) of their intimate and epic, grief-fueled road trip. Bill Harley's Now You Say Yes reminds that acts of kindness--big and small--make all the difference." --Patrick Flores-Scott, award-winning author of Jumped In and American Road Trip
Average rating from 6 members
Great book showing how well 15 year old Mari takes care of her brother, Conor,who has autism spectrum disorder, after their mom dies. When Mari realizes they can’t hang around with the mom’s awful boyfriend, she packs the car, grabs some money, and off they leave for Massachusetts where Gran is. The only way Mari could persuade space loving Conor to go is the fact the total eclipse is in a few days. On the way, they encounter many challenges and Mari wonders if they will make it.
Heartwarming and full of adventure, Now You Say Yes, is a great new addition to our middle-grade bookshelf. In this story, after the passing of their mother, fifteen-year-old Mari realizes that she must get herself and her autistic brother, Conor, across the country to be with their Grandma. There are highs and lows along the way, and Mari learns a lot about Conor and how he thinks. We were rooting for them throughout their entire journey!