by Laura Tucker
SoHo, 1981. Twelve-year-old Olympia is an artist—and in her neighborhood, that's normal. Her dad and his business partner Apollo bring antique paintings back to life, while her mother makes intricate sculptures in a corner of their loft, leaving Ollie to roam the streets of New York with her best friends Richard and Alex, drawing everything that catches her eye.
Then everything falls apart. Ollie's dad disappears in the middle of the night, leaving her only a cryptic note and instructions to destroy it. Her mom has gone to bed, and she's not getting up. Apollo is hiding something, Alex is acting strange, and Richard has questions about the mysterious stranger he saw outside. And someone keeps calling, looking for a missing piece of art. . . .
Olympia knows her dad is the key--but first, she has to find him, and time is running out.
This is going to be the best summer read for readers who have not yet had the pleasure to read it! All the Greys on Green Street is the kind of family mystery that readers of all ages would enjoy. Olympia's world is surrounded by art, love, and curiosity until the day she wakes up to find her father has left her and her mother. The situation does not get any better as Olympia's mother falls more and more into depression. Olympia tries her best to make sure people don't worry about her or the situation at home, but it all shifts so fast, leaving her not knowing how to manage life.
This book made me think of the adventures of Harriet from Harriet the Spy - except if Harriet was an artist with a family who loves her, but is also becoming a mystery to her. The world takes us through Olympia's world of art, loss, and family. The backdrop of early '80s New York is in itself a character. Laura Tucker knows how to write compelling characters and gets us to care about them and their grief.
I recommend this book to all readers - it will be bring some mystery to that summer nostalgia you'll inevitably feel.