Waiting for Augusta

Waiting for Augusta

Book - 2016
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In early 1960s Alabama, eleven-year-old Ben, carrying an urn with his father's ashes, sets out on an eventful journey to the Augusta National, "the Sistine Chapel of golf courses," to make peace with his father.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481448406
1481448404
9781481448390
1481448390
Branch Call Number: J LAWSON
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 22 cm

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PinesandPrejudice
Nov 13, 2017

What a lovely book about grief and golf. I think this is a great, magical little book set in a fun historical period where children could still run away or hijack a train. But it took great curiosity with the racial issues of the period which was greatly appreciated. I felt immersed in the town and the environment. As someone who knows a thing or two about golf, I was okay with all of the references but I wonder if someone who isn't might not enjoy it as much. Also, don't read it if you are a vegetarian. It made me think of my father, not just because of the golf, but because of the story.

The ending was marvelous but I wish there had been more clues leading up to the mystery. It wasn't very clear and felt a little far-fetched. But I still was surprised and enjoyed it a lot. It was a little slow at points and fell into "the son needing to prove himself to his father to earn his love" trope but I still enjoyed it. I just kept thinking what an important book this was for younger children who lose a loved one. I would recommend it to a lot of young readers.

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