Synopses & Reviews
He'll get there.
"When 16-year-old Ry discovers that his archeological summer camp has been canceled, he steps off the train to call his grandfather only to see the train pull away. So begins Ry's implausible and existential journey at the center of Newbery Award winner Perkins's (Criss Cross) contemplative and energetic novel. To compound the situation, Ry's grandfather has suffered a concussion and is missing, and his parents' Caribbean sailing trip has been fraught with problems. Ry stumbles into Del, a handy, sympathetic man who decides to drive Ry home to Wisconsin, becoming a quirky mentor. Del remains unflappable as he extends their road trip to find Ry's parents, setting off a series of riotous misadventures. A humorous additional narrative, 'Dogs,' told in comic strip format, mimics Del's and Ry's story, and continues Perkins's experimentation with form. Her observations and turns of phrase ('The shoes were a metaphor for the decline of western civilization: crappy and glitzy and barely useful, but pretty comfortable.... Ry didn't think that thought specifically, but he felt as dispirited as if he had') are as unexpected and delightful as the travels she weaves together. Ages 12 up. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“A rich, eventful, and extremely entertaining summer road trip.” New York Times Book Review
“A long, immensely enjoyable, curiously comforting ramble through an absurd-but-benign world.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[Perkinss] observations and turns of phrase are as unexpected and delightful as the travels she weaves together.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Wherever Perkinss warm, funny, wise narrative goes is where a reader wants to be.” Horn Book (starred review)
ALA Booklist Editors Choice “Relentlessly entertaining…an absolute delight.” Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
Lynne Rae Perkins immersed herself in Johnny Appleseed's life and times, and her research for this book included a visit to the Johnny Appleseed Education Center & Museum in Urbana, Ohio; hikes through the orchards in Michigan, where she lives; and photos and memories of her husband's family's apple farm in Ontario. The artist also spent an entire afternoon drawing a stuffed wolf at Guntzviller's Taxidermy & Spirit of the Woods Museum, and many hours stitching the sampler that appears in this book. Lynne Rae Perkins is the creator of award-winning picture books, such as Snow Music, Pictures from Our Vacation, and The Cardboard Piano. She is also the recipient of the Newbery Medal for her novel Criss Cross.