Far From Fair

Publication Date: March 8, 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Odette has a list: Things That Aren’t Fair. At the top of the list is her parents’ decision to take the family on the road in an ugly RV they’ve nicknamed the Coach. There’s nothing fair about leaving California and living in the Coach with her par­ents and exasperating brother. And there’s definitely nothing fair about Grandma Sissy’s failing health, and the painful realities and difficult decisions that come with it. Most days it seems as if everything in Odette’s life is far from fair… but does it have to be?

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  • “Arnold’s descriptive prose and short, episodic chapters warmly relay the family’s struggles. It’s an engaging, emotional ride as Odette learns the truth of one of her grandmother’s sayings: ‘Even in the bad… there is opportunity for good.’” (Publisher’s Weekly, Starred review)

  • “A tearjerker with a brain, this could prompt discussion not only of the right to die issue but also power and fairness.” (Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books)

  • “An affecting, delicately handled story of growing up.” (Kirkus)