The Daredevils

­Delacorte. Aug. 2022. 240p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593376140.
Gr 3-7–Fraternal twins Loretta and Waylon have a summer of hard work ahead of them as they prepare for middle school separately in the fall. Loretta is on a mission to make sure that Waylon is going to be strong enough to defend himself from bullies, and Waylon, described as small for his age with a long ponytail, just wants to show her that he already is. Their adventures take them into the woods near their home where they meet Louis, a bigger kid with a heart of gold. Much about Louis remains a mystery but it becomes evident that they all have something to prove to somebody—whether that’s misunderstood parents, schoolyard bullies, first crushes, or even just themselves. Buyea’s latest is a summer adventure that bravely tackles self-confidence, loss, and depression with the care these topics deserve.
VERDICT An engaging, fun-filled title with heart, recommended for fans of realistic fiction.

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