Co-written by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague
352 pages – ages 9+
Published by HarperCollins on September 22, 2015
Synopsis- Aaron Archer is a living encyclopedia – he remembers every single thing he’s read/heard – word for word.
Audrey Alcott is a walking lie detector – she can tell when someone lies – every single time – no matter the lie.
They have no idea who the other is. They live pretty far apart.
But when their parents (who also don’t know each other) decide, for various reasons, that spending six weeks in the total outdoors would do the kids good, they meet. They also meet some other kids (some nice, some not-so), and a crazy guy in charge of the event.
And thus starts the adventure of a lifetime.
What I thought- This was a really well-written book! I enjoyed the uniqueness of the fact that Audrey and Aaron pretty much have super-powers, but the story just makes them out to be interesting people with great talents. It made it seem almost normal – almost. Ms. de los Santos and Mr. Teague set up a wonderful story with these two unique kids thrown into an environment that really challenges them. The setting is a great place for the adventure – the Texas “Desert” Plains. The kids must learn to get along with each other, and also survive the blazing sun and landscape. When a classmate disappears after getting into a fight with the counselor, the kids team together to get to the bottom of it. I like how they learn to work together despite having very different personalities. I enjoyed every second of it.