This Last Adventure

A Contemporary Middle Grade | Ryan Dalton

About the Book

Archie’s grandpa has always been his hero. But after Grandpa is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the confident and adventurous man Archie’s known all his life starts disappearing. He’s not just losing his memory. He’s losing pieces of himself.

Archie desperately wants to slow the progression of 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—helping Grandpa to live in the present while staying in touch with his fading memories.

But there’s a limit to the power of the fantasies. And not all the memories recorded in the journal entries are happy. When Archie learns a painful secret about Grandpa’s past, he questions everything he thought he knew about his hero.

As Grandpa’s condition worsens, Archie has to come to terms with the reality of what he’s losing and decide what it truly means to live a life worth remembering.

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The Details

Published: April 2022
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Formats: EbookPaperbackHardcover
ISBN-13: 9781541599284

Genres & Tropes
Family, Grandfathers, Alzheimer’s Disease, Imagination, Audience: Ages 10–14, Audience: Grades 4–6.