This Last Adventure
When Archie’s beloved grandpa is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Archie desperately wants to slow the progression of his grandpa’s memory loss.
Using Grandpa’s old journal entries as inspiration, he creates shared role-playing fantasies with epic quests for them to tackle together—allowing Grandpa to live in the present and stay in touch with his fading memories. But as Grandpa’s condition gradually worsens, Archie must come to terms with what’s happening to his hero. The limits of the fantasies, revelations about Grandpa’s past, and a school project about the future force Archie to grapple with what it truly means to live a life worth remembering.
|Interest Level||Grade 5 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 5|
|Category||Diverse Books: Mental Health & Neurodiversity, Diverse Books: Physical Disability & Illness, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Carolrhoda Books ®|
|Number of Pages||304|
Author: Ryan Dalton
Ryan Dalton spends his time thinking up stories when he’s not wearing a cape and fighting crime. He’s a singer, a voiceover artist, a pretty decent amateur chef, and a lover of all things geek. Ryan lives in an invisible spaceship that’s currently hovering over St. Louis, Missouri. He is also the author of the Time Shift Trilogy.
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This Last Adventure
When Archie’s beloved grandpa is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Archie desperately wants to slow the progression of his grandpa’s memory loss. Using Grandpa’s old journal entries as inspiration, he creates shared role-playing fantasies View available downloads →
- School Library Journal Best Book of 2022
Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)
“[A]n excellent book for students who are close to their grandparents and wonder about Alzheimer’s.”—Children’s Literature
The Horn Book Magazine
“Dalton sensitively delineates the complexities of loss, hope, and love in this unusually rich and philosophical middle-grade novel.”—The Horn Book Magazine
School Library Journal
“This novel sensitively explores difficult issues with hope and warmth, creating believable characters readers will care about.”—School Library Journal
“[W]ill deeply involve—and move—its readers. An important subject and one that, altogether, is well-handled.”—Booklist
“A sensitive, touching story . . . With a family history of the disease, I can’t wait to hand this book to the younglings in my family.”—#1 New York Times Bestselling author Aprilynne Pike
“As empowering and inspiring as it is heart-wrenching, this book will no doubt comfort kids who are dealing with the emotions and struggles that come with watching an aging loved one go through changes, whether from Alzheimer’s or another condition.”—Christina Collins, author of After Zero
“This Last Adventure has something for everyone: family, friendship, a little bit of fantasy, and a whole lot of heart. I loved it.” —Dusti Bowling, author of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus and The Canyon’s Edge