Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 4 to 7
- Reading age: 9 to 12
After a big fight with his wife, Rupert's grandfather, known to everyone as Gump, packs up and moves into Gentle Breezes Nudist Community for Active Seniors.
Thirteen-year-old Rupert is sent in to talk some sense into him. While he's there, Rupert accidentally lets Gump's dog, Wayne, escape. Gump is frantic. Wayne is blind and tends to panic. Rupert and his grandfather set out to search the woods, and soon they are lost too. Aside from an apron, Gump is butt naked, and without his phone, Rupert feels naked too.
The only way they are going to get out of this mess is by working together.
About the author
VICKI GRANT left her career in advertising and television to write her first novel, The Puppet Wrangler, in 2004. She has written many books for young readers, including Not Suitable For Family Viewing, winner of the Red Maple Award, Quid Pro Quo, winner of the Author Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Fiction, Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret, Pig Boy and B Negative. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
"Very funny. Rupert is a great narrator, and Grant gives him great comic timing…He and Gump make a wonderful 'fish out of water' partnership, endowed with both humour and affection. This novel is a pleasure for readers of any age or level."
"Grant's fast-paced, hilarious story is filled with nudity-related jokes, puns, and asides…large print, short chapters, and mostly simple sentences also add to the book's appeal, especially for younger or reluctant readers…A very enjoyable read."