by Nic Stone; illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile
When Scoob's grandmother shows up unexpectedly in an RV and invites him to go on an adventure together, he jumps at the chance to escape from his strict single father and recent grounding. But as the pair gets on the road, Scoob starts to wonder what their adventure is all about. Why did G'ma sell her house and buy the RV? Is she changing their license plate as they travel? As Scoob begins to question the purpose of their adventure, G'ma slowly begins to share parts of her past, starting with a treasure box that includes old maps and photos, and a copy of the 1963 "Travelers' Green Book - For Vacation Without Aggravation". G'ma is white, but explains that her past travels with Scoob's grandfather (who was Black) meant that not every place they planned to visit was safe for them. As their journey on the road continues, Scoob gains insight on their family, civil rights history, and the ways that the present mirrors the past. But will his questions be answered when they reach their destination? Author Nic Stone builds a compelling inter-generational story with authentic dialogue, great for enjoying as an audiobook on your own road trip.
See the Jones Library Antiracism Book List for recommended titles for all ages.