Room One

by Andrew Clements
176 pages, Contemporary
Reviewed by bookRacoon

Good read, with the serious aspects not very frightening.


Sixth grader Ted Hammond lives in the small town of Platsford, Nebraska. During one of his newspaper runs, he catches a glimpse of a girl in the upstairs window of an abandoned house. The story revolves around him getting to know the girl and her family, and about her story of her family running away from home. When Ted's town hears about this, everyone wants to welcome them to be a part of their town, but the family refuses. Ted and the girl, April, remain close friends.


Ted steals food from his mom, but only to help April's family, since they are very hungry. April and her family are running away from a man who is chasing them. Some teenagers get arrested.

Spiritual Content




Drug and Alcohol Content

The man chasing April's family may have been drinking; the teenagers may have as well.

Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content



This book has a fascinating plot and mystery, and I recommend this book to readers who like fresh, new plots.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 11-12

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