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In the Path of Falling Objects

By Andrew Smith

In the Path of Falling Objects
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2009,
    336 pages.
    Age range: Young Adult


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Jonah and his younger brother, Simon, are on their own. They set out to find what's left of their family, carrying between them ten dollars, a backpack full of dirty clothes, a notebook, and a stack of letters from their brother, who is serving a tour in Vietnam. And soon into their journey, they have a ride. With a man and a beautiful girl who may be in love with Jonah. Or Simon. Or both of them.

The man is crazy. The girl is desperate. This violent ride is only just beginning. And it will leave the brothers taking cover from hard truths about loyalty, love, and survival that crash into their lives.

One more thing: The brothers have a gun. They’re going to need

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"Falling Objects is a mystical, lyrical, sometimes violent, and ultimately hopeful story of what it means to be a brother. . . . For teens looking for something to sink their teeth into, Smith offers a challenging read. Powerful imagery and symbolism are threaded throughout the narrative...the intensity will suit serious readers who don’t mind a little blood and gore." - School Library Journal

"16-year-old Jonah and his brother, Simon, two years younger, embark on a brutal but mesmerizing road trip that steers an unswerving course toward tragedy. . . . [O]lder teens will be riveted." - Kirkus Reviews

"Smith's Vietnam-era road trip tells the tense, violent and cathartic story of teenage brothers Jonah and Simon, 16 and 14, on the run after their mother abandons them in their New Mexico home." - Publishers Weekly

"A relentless, bleak thriller that nails the claustrophobic sense of being totally out of control, and moving fast." - Booklist

"The setting is vivid, the plot (including a thrilling showdown) is suspenseful, and the characters are complex and intriguing, particularly in their interactions with one another. It’s a wilderness survival adventure wherein the characters have to survive each other as much as the harsh, unforgiving landscape." - The Horn Book

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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Brittany
It's A very good book!!
I read this book about a week ago and I love it. I wish it would've never ended. It's about two Indian boys that travel to see their father, who is in prison, and their brother, who is in Iraq. Their mother left them so they have no where else to go. On the way they encounter a "nice" couple, well I guess you could call them a couple. They seem to really like them so they stop and pick them up and they travel to Arizona along the way they come across some bad experiences. There's love, adventure, mystery, and much more. I can almost guarantee anyone who reads this book will wish it never ended :)
-britt

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Andrew Smith Author Biography

Andrew Smith is the award-winning author of several young adult novels, including the critically acclaimed Winger and The Marbury Lens. He is a native-born Californian who spent most of his formative years traveling the world. His university studies focused on Political Science, Journalism, and Literature. He has published numerous short stories and articles. Grasshopper Jungle is his seventh novel. He lives in Southern California.

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