The Perfect Place
Treasure’s dad has disappeared and her mom sets out to track him down, leaving twelve-year-old Treasure and her little sister, Tiffany, in small-town Virginia with their eccentric, dictatorial Great-Aunt Grace. GAG (as the girls refer to her) is a terrible cook, she sets off Treasure’s asthma with her cat and her chain smoking, and her neighbors suspect her in the recent jewel thefts. As the hope of finding their dad fades, the girls and their great-aunt begin to understand and accommodate one another. When a final dash to their dad’s last known address proves unsuccessful, Treasure has to accept that he’s gone for good. When she goes back to Great-Aunt Grace’s, it is the first time she has returned to a place instead of just moving on. Convincing, fully realized characters, a snarky narrative voice, and laugh-aloud funny dialogue make The Perfect Place a standout among stories of adjustment and reconfigured families.

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  • Deborah
    Feb 3, 2017


    A sweet read. Another tale about the power of love. ...

  • Michelle
    Nov 11, 2016


    An excellent upper middle grade novel about family, friendship, and the meaning of home. Only two quibbles:While it's important to note that nearly all of the main characters are people of color and are usually presumed to be so - anyone white is named as such - I wish we could steer d...

  • Liz Friend
    Jan 6, 2016

    Liz Friend

    The story: Treasure's dad has taken off again, and this time her mom's going to go looking for him. Treasure and her younger sister are dumped off at ancient Great-Aunt Grace's without any say in the matter. What are they going to do in this backwoods Virginia town that still manages t...

  • Yapha
    Nov 18, 2015


    Treasure's father has never been satisfied staying in one place for very long. Her mother calls him a "rolling stone," but up until this point he has always brought his family along. This time though, he left without them, with no forwarding address. When Treasure's mother goes in sear...

  • Darcy Rohwer
    Nov 17, 2015

    Darcy Rohwer

    This is a rough little book (story wise), but it rings true. All of the character seem very real and interesting; and you see who they are mostly through doing, which is nice. Definitely the best LYRC book I've read so far. ...

  • Barb Middleton
    Oct 2, 2015

    Barb Middleton

    Treasure has more on her plate than the normal kid. Her father periodically abandons his family and she is usually left with taking care of her sister while her mom struggles to get out of bed. As of yet, her dad always comes back. However, this time, it has been longer than normal so ...

  • Dora
    Sep 26, 2015


    I read this book just last week. It... was wonderful. Of course, it had its flaws, but overall, fantastic. I'll explain parts that I enjoyed, and parts that I feel could've improved.I liked the characters' personalities. They weren't plain and simple, they were very enthralling. That's...

  • Neyly
    Jun 11, 2015


    Juvenile fictionGood book for 5th through 8th grade girls. (I hate to call it a girls' book because it isn't "girly" at all. However, I don't see boys picking it up so my recommendation sticks.)Treasure's father takes off to find the perfect place for his family or so he says. Now he's...

  • Megan
    Feb 11, 2015


    The Perfect Place is a perfect debut from Teresa E. Harris. This is a book that will speak to tweens from any back ground or culture. It's all about the acceptance of change, however bittersweet it is. Twelve year old Treasure and her kid sister Tiffany are dropped off with their Great...

  • Angie
    Jan 9, 2015


    Treasure is heart-broken when her dad takes off and doesn't come back. He has left before but never for this long. He has itchy feet and can't seem to stay in one place for very long. Treasure's mom decides she is going to go look for him. She takes Treasure and her sister Tiffany to g...