Nerds on an adventure?
The description of One Mixed-Up Night immediately caught my eye. Two sixth-graders, Frankie (short for Francesca) and Walter, decide to spend the night at IKEA. It’s less an act of rebellion and more an act of imitation; the two children are inspired by From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Frankie, our narrator, hopes that a night of adventure will bring back some of the spark that’s been missing from Walter’s eyes over the past few months. It seems like Walter hasn’t been saying what’s on his mind. Over the course of the night, Frankie realizes that there are some things she hasn’t been saying as well.
This fast-paced book kept my attention throughout, and I know it will do the same for middle grade readers. Frankie and Walter are often wise beyond their years as they discuss lessons they’ve learned over the course of their friendship. The book is filled with foreshadowing that will keep readers riveted, but it also slows down enough to add depth.
Just a note: if you’ve never read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, you can understand and adore One Mixed-Up Night without understanding all the references. Although I’m ashamed to say it, I’ve never read From the Mixed-Up Files, but after One Mixed-Up Night, the classic is definitely going on my reading list!
One Mixed-Up Night will be released in September 2017 by Random House.
Huge thanks to Catherine Newman for sharing a copy of One Mixed-Up Night with our #bookexcursion group! #bookexcursion is a team of nine educators who read and share new children’s and middle grade titles. For more of my #bookexcursion reviews, click here!