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As easy as falling off the face of the earth
Perkins, Lynne Rae.
Teen Fiction PERKINS

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

On his way to summer camp, Ry steps off the train for just a minute and finds himself stranded in the middle of nowhere. At exactly the same time, every member of his family is rendered unreachable by similar twists of fate. Left with only $83, an unreliable cell phone, and a pocketknife, Ry strikes out on a cross-country journey that takes him both far away from and close to the home he seeks. Why It Is for Us: Is it possible to unplug completely in our cellular age of social networking and GPS? In fact, Ry learns that these technological trappings are less reliable than the kindness of strangers and plain dumb luck. Throughout the text, comic drawings relay the adventures of Peg and Olie, a pair of dogs trying to bring about the reunion of Ry and his family. This old-fashioned adventure will delight summer readers longing for home.-Angelina Benedetti, "35 Going on 13," BookSmack! 7/15/2010 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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