Ware is looking forward to spending the summer thinking and dreaming. His parents have other ideas and sign him up for a rec camp, something he absolutely dreads. On his first day at Rec, he slips out the back door into the dream of a broken church. Unfortunately, the space is already occupied by a prickly girl who is planting a garden of papaya seeds. When the space, one of the only open spaces in the area, is tapped for redevelopment, the two not-quite friends, meet another kid who is adamant that they do something about the pavement. Filled with knightly ideals, pride, a community that (mostly) cares for each other, Here in the Real World is a great addition to the books about caring for others and the earth, to make the world a better place for everyone and everything.
—René Kirkpatrick, University Book Store, Seattle, WA