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Road Trip
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Road Trip
Road Trip Series, Book 1
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A summer adventure you'll never forget, from a beloved Newbery Honor winning author!
Dad and Ben haven't been getting along lately, and Dad hopes a road trip to rescue a border collie will help them reconnect. But Ben is on to Dad's scheme, and he's got ideas of his own. Like inviting his buddy, Theo, who's sure to get into fun (and trouble) along the way. And if Dad wants a family road trip, then the family dog, Atticus, should get to come, too. What could go wrong?
But when their truck breaks down, the family trip takes plenty of unexpected turns. Before they know it, they've commandeered an old school bus and joined forces with its cranky mechanic, Gus. Next, they pick up Mia, a waitress escaping a tense situation. Only sharp-eyed Atticus realizes that Theo is on the run from something bad—and someone is following them.
With alternating chapters from both Ben and his dog, Atticus, this fast-paced book takes readers on an unpredictable ride that's all about family, friendship, and surprises.
A summer adventure you'll never forget, from a beloved Newbery Honor winning author!
Dad and Ben haven't been getting along lately, and Dad hopes a road trip to rescue a border collie will help them reconnect. But Ben is on to Dad's scheme, and he's got ideas of his own. Like inviting his buddy, Theo, who's sure to get into fun (and trouble) along the way. And if Dad wants a family road trip, then the family dog, Atticus, should get to come, too. What could go wrong?
But when their truck breaks down, the family trip takes plenty of unexpected turns. Before they know it, they've commandeered an old school bus and joined forces with its cranky mechanic, Gus. Next, they pick up Mia, a waitress escaping a tense situation. Only sharp-eyed Atticus realizes that Theo is on the run from something bad—and someone is following them.
With alternating chapters from both Ben and his dog, Atticus, this fast-paced book takes readers on an unpredictable ride that's all about family, friendship, and surprises.
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  • From the cover 1
    The Plan
    "Are you sure this is a good idea?"
    "Absolutely."
    "Why?"
    "Because I'm your father and I said so."
    "That's really lame."
    "But it works. We're going."
    "That's what I thought." I lean against the pickup in our driveway and watch Dad shove the road atlas in the glove box without even looking at it.
    Checking freeway numbers and plotting a route beforehand would be too traditional for him—he knows which direction he's heading and how to find the main freeway out of town; he'll figure out how he's getting where he's going when he's closer to getting there. That's how he rolls.
    I don't roll like that, but I usually wind up going along for the ride. This time, literally.
    Dad's always coming up with ideas for things for us to do together—rock climbing, sculpting class, fencing lessons, poetry slams, white-water river-rafting camping trips, helping the librarians organize a protest against censorship during National Library Month, ATV riding, and a photography class we took at the community center last year.
    You'd think I'd be used to his spur-of-the-moment plans by now. But the clock on the dash says it's 5:17 a.m., and I didn't expect to be up this early on the first day of summer vacation. Dad shook me awake a few minutes ago and pulled me out to the driveway, talking nonstop: "We have to get on the road, now, right now, this very minute. Hurry up, Ben, we're burning daylight. We gotta hit the road."
    I yawn, rub the sleep out of my eyes, and smile as I remember the rest of what Dad said. "There's a border collie pup who needs us. I just got an email from someone in the rescue group. We're going to bring him home."
    We already have a border collie, Atticus, and we foster them sometimes when they're between homes, so I know how awesome they are. I love all dogs, even if they're ugly or yippy or they drool all the time or snort and wheeze. I even like the old, fat, waddly ones who can't control their pee. But border collies are extra special. They're not like dogs. They're more like control freaks with paws. They've been bred to herd sheep for generations, and even if they haven't been born and raised on a sheep farm, border collies are always trying to keep everyone in their world in check. Another border collie is definitely a good idea for someone like Dad. And maybe this one will like me best. Atticus has always preferred Dad, even though he tries to pretend not to. I can't really blame him; Atticus was part of the family before I was.
    "Gimme fifteen minutes so I can get packed." I start back for the house.
    "Packed? You're not making a grand tour of the capitals of Europe, you know. Couple days, there and back. I already threw skivvies and a toothbrush and a clean T-shirt and shorts in a paper bag for you. A sweatshirt, too. You're good to go."
    I look at the crumpled bag he's tossed on the floor of the truck. I'm not at all sure that's everything I might need, even if it is just a two-day trip like he promises. I start a mental list: snacks, bottled water, a book, my iPod and the charger, my laptop, sunglasses, sunscreen . . .
    Dad guesses what I'm thinking. "Travel light, Ben, so you can move fast."
    He won't even let me brush my teeth or take a shower before we leave. I sleep in gym shorts and a T-shirt, so he considers me dressed. He does let me slip on a pair of flip-flops and grab my phone and charger from the kitchen counter.
    He's revving the engine and has started edging away from the garage, so I hop in the truck and slam the door as he whips down the driveway in reverse. The house is a blur as we leave.
    "How do you think Atticus is going to deal?" I tip my head toward our fifteen-year-old...
About the Author-
  • GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, His most recent books include Crush; Paintings from the Cave; Flat Broke; Liar, Liar; Masters of Disaster; Lawn Boy Returns; Woods Runner; Notes from the Dog; Mudshark; and Lawn Boy.

    JAMES PAULSEN is a sculptor.

    Gary Paulsen is available for select readings and lectures. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact the Random House Speakers Bureau at rhspeakers@RandomHouse.com.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from November 26, 2012
    A devoted raconteur of dog stories, Gary Paulsen (Notes from the Dog) along with his sculptor son, Jim, pull from a family tradition of adopting shelter dogs for their absorbing first collaboration. When Ben’s impulsive father recruits him to help rescue a border collie, the boy agrees—reluctantly. Ben is disgruntled because his father has just quit his job to start flipping houses, leaving no money to send the 14-year-old to hockey camp; to jab at his father, Ben invites along Theo, a tattooed 18-year-old friend who’s had brushes with the law. A gruff garage mechanic and a prescient waitress add color, as does family dog Atticus, who lends his amusing, perceptive voice in occasional interludes (“Getting a dog is a terrible idea,” he grumbles early on. “Dogs are messy and needy”). The authors score on all fronts: they set an entertainingly frenzied pace, provide twists aplenty, create true dialogue that blends humor and pathos, and bring together a close-knit ensemble. Ben’s testy yet loving relationship with his father is particularly well done, a testament to this father-son duo’s ability to work together. Ages 10–up.

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