You Don't Know About Me
Delacorte, 2011 (2011)
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Reviewed by Lyn Seippel
ixteen-year-old Billy Allbright and his mother travel from city to city, stamping out
along the way. They don't live anywhere for long. The story begins in Independence, Missouri. Billy and his mother arrive there in what will be the seventeenth town they've lived in since Billy was born. Usually Billy prefers homeschooling to being the new kid in every school. In Independence, he chooses to go to school to avoid whatever trouble his mother will get into when she takes on the Mormon Church.
illy is homeschooled so that picking up and leaving is easy. Their reasons for leaving are varied. Once they were arrested at a Piggly Wiggly for using black magic markers to blank out the word devil on products and signs all over the store. They had to get out of one town fast when his mother climbed the church steeple to rid it of a cell phone tower. In another town they got into trouble with a motorcycle gang for hammering off the
Live free or Die
slogan on their motorcycles.
illy is the son of a Southern preacher whose car plunged off the road into the Arkansas River when he was a baby. Billy has no memory of his dad and any photos his mother had were lost in a trailer fire before he was old enough to remember them.
heir mail follows them and in the latest batch, Billy gets the surprise of his life. His supposedly dead father has sent him a DVD hidden inside a bible. Billy watches it and discovers his dad was on his deathbed when he made it. This time he really did die. Billy's been left an inheritance, but to keep his mother from intercepting and destroying it, his dad leaves Billy clues and he must travel the country on a geocaching treasure hunt to find it.
his coming of age story is funny and sad, told by a hero who has been loved and betrayed by his mother and by the father who didn't find him.
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