TITLE: The Road to Ever After
AUTHOR: Moira Young
GENRES: Middle Grade, Fantasy
PUBLISHED: October 20th 2016
PUBLISHER: Macmillan Children’s Books
Davy David, an orphan, lives by his wits in the dead-end town of Brownvale. When a stray dog called George turns Davy’s life upside down just days before Christmas, he sets in motion a chain of events which forces them to flee. A mischievous wind blows the two of them to a boarded-up museum on the outskirts of town where they meet the elderly recluse, Miss Flint. She has planned one last adventure before her time is up and hires the reluctant Davy and George to escort her.
A magical adventure about an unlikely friendship and an unforgettable journey.
WHAT I THINK
The sun blazed its joy down. The waves came and went. And the seagulls soared on wings of white fire, high above them in the clear blue air.
Davy David and his dog are chosen to become Miss Flint’s escorts on her last journey before she moves on. Their adventure is everything else but peaceful! It’s fun, nerve wrecking and sometimes maybe a little scary even. And magical! Davy is only 13 years old but he still manages to take care of this important task he’s been given. But what exactly is his true task about? What is waiting them at the end of the line?
This was totally honest cover buy. I had no idea what this book was about, the cover is just too beautiful not to buy! Once it arrived and I finally read the synopsis, I wasn’t sure if this would have been something that I’d enjoy. It sat on my shelf for over a year when I finally decided to give it a try. I’m super glad that I did!
The Road to Ever After is beautifully written middle grade book with heavy subject. At least for me, I can’t speak for everyone else. Even though Davy David is supposed to be a 13 year old little boy, I sometimes caught myself imagining him as a young adult. He has such a big responsibility for such a young boy and he still takes on the job offered to him, with a little hesitation, and jumps in the driver’s seat and takes Miss Flint on her last journey.
The relationship between Davy and Miss Flint was so heartwarming. Davy has been an orphan and living alone under some trees in the graveyard for quite some time and then there appears Miss Flint. And oh how I loved that sassy old lady! Who actually appears to be quite a rebel too. And from there starts the magical adventure and the building of their relationship. It’s not something that’s between mother and son or grandmother and grandson, it’s something completely different, it’s pure friendship. Something I wish everyone can have in their life.
I rate this with 4 stars. It’s beautifully written, it’s something completely different from what I’ve ever read. But still it gave me some vibes from that movie where some man ages backwards and I was left to want something more from this.