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Scout Simpson is 11 years old and lives with her mother, Joanie (formerly Joan) in the house that used to be her grandmother's before she died. She loves school and order and this is the first time her and her mother have stayed in one place for any length of time. But Joanie has a secret: Scout was conceived as part of a surrogacy arrangement and she was supposed to give her up to the Beechams when she was born. Instead, Joanie faked a miscarriage and became a mother.
When somebody who worked at the surrogacy clinic spots Joanie and Scout and puts two and two together and most definitely gets four, Joanie takes Scout and goes on the run. This is where the book begins and we follow the mother and daughter as they try to stay under the radar and escape capture.
There are some wonderful characters in this book. Scout is definitely the star of the show. She's a wonderful creation, so clever and with such a good head on her shoulders, but suffering from what is described in the book as benign neglect. Joanie loves Scout but is really only capable of thinking of her own needs first. I also loved Mr Mohammed and Mr Groves, people Scout befriends when her and her mother are first on the run, and who help her with her 'own-learning'. In a way, I also couldn't help but like Joanie a bit. She's fickle, feckless and flaky, but that's just her character, and nobody could say Scout wasn't pretty well-rounded, although not leaving a life that was benefitting her.
This book was a brilliant read and I enjoyed it very much. It presents the reader with a moral dilemma, some great characterisations, excellent writing and an entertaining and fulfilling story.