The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher is a heartwarming tale of family and transition, and the author gives due attention to each family member’s feelings as they make their way through the year together. The Fletchers are a fabulous family made up of two dads, four sons, and a pack of pets:
• Sporty sixth grader Sam, who is thinking about risking his hard-won popularity to try out for a part in the school play • Fourth grader Eli, who is heading off to a new school for academically gifted students • Fourth grader Jax, who has to deal with the fact that his brother won’t be in his class anymore and who is having trouble getting along with his friends and next-door neighbor • Kindergartner Jeremiah (aka Frog), who is having trouble letting go of his imaginary friends • Zeus the cat, who likes to escape from the window and into the grouchy neighbor’s yard • Sir Puggleton the pug, who mostly just wants to sleep • Papa and Dad, who keep the family afloat
Each character is given due diligence by the author and readers can’t help but root for all of them as they struggle together and separately through a school year filled with changes. Chapters are told alternatively from the perspective of each of the four boys, and the writing style is very warm and friendly. The Fletchers will likely remind readers and their parents of other classic book families like the Quimbys and the Krupniks, and the added element of same sex parents and adopted children is handled gracefully. Frankly, it is refreshing to read a novel that has diversity and reflects our ever-changing society. There isn’t enough of that on the bookshelves these days, and The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher will be a great addition.
372 pages Ages 8-12 978-385376545
Read alikes: Ramona Quimby series
Recommended by: Molly Crumbley, Librarian, Maryland USA