Synopses & Reviews
Ross is dead, and Blake, Sim, and Kenny are furious. To make it right, they steal Rosss ashes and set out from their home on the English coast for the tiny village of Ross in southern Scotland, a place their friend had always wanted to go. What follows is an unforgettable journey with illegal train rides, bungee jumping, girls, and high-speed police chases—all with Rosss ashes along for the ride. As events spin wildly out of control, the three friends must take their heads out of the sand long enough to answer the question: What really happened to Ross?
Keith Gray is an award-winning author from the United Kingdom, making his U.S. debut with this action-packed and darkly humorous novel about friendship and loss.
"British author Gray's U.S. debut is both an unusual twist on the road trip trope and a touching story of teenage friendship. After their friend Ross is struck by a car and killed while riding his bike, Blake, Kenny, and Sim decide to honor his memory. After a few acts of petty revenge on people who had made Ross's last few days tough, they decide to steal his ashes and take them to the Scottish namesake town of Ross. Along the way, they get thrown off a train, lose their money, meet and flirt with three attractive Scottish girls, and discover some often uncomfortable truths about each other and their relationship with Ross. Gray's story could have ended up a collection of coming-of-age clichs, but instead is likely to defy readers' expectations as the boys make their way north. Although there are action sequences featuring escapes from the police, stolen mopeds, and even a bungee jump, it's the relationship among the boys expressed as much through believable teen banter as through obvious and emotional revelatory moments that drives the story. Ages 12 up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Keith Gray has won the Angus Book Award and the silver medal in the Smarties Prize. Visit him at his Web site, www.keith-gray.com.