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March 08 , 2009

Cloudy Skies over Miami


When twelve-year-old Josh receives an airline ticket for one to Miami, he wonders where he will be staying. It is only when his mom explains that he will be vacationing at his loving grandparents' condo in Miami that Josh begins to have doubts.
His parents convince him that he will have a blast, and so he agrees. After all, "white sand, my own room, the sun; surely I'll be the envy of all my friends."
From the very start of the trip, Josh experiences a series of peculiar events which force him to believe he made the wrong decision. After tolerating an extremely annoying plane trip, Josh is greeted by not only his quirky grandparents, but also their equally quirky friends.
Has Josh out-grown his grandparents? Was this the worst birthday gift ever? Will he be able to survive his grandparents' odd ways, or will he cut his week short and return home to Staten Island where it is freezing?
An unexpected twist to the story and a coming of age realization change Josh's feelings and force him to explore the true meaning of family.
Love conquers all in this humorous yet sentimental story about growing up and appreciating grandparents.
This is Susan Wigden's second novel that originates in her hometown of Staten Island, New York, and as always, she hopes to connect the generations through mutual respect and love.
Susan spends half of the year living in Florida with her husband Bruce, who co-authored with Susan their first novel, "Chapter Two: The Magic in Baseball," and who designed the cover of each of her novels.
The couple is involved in the lives of children through their many school visits and guest appearances at various functions.
Ages: 9 - 13

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