Sixteen year old Ry is lost. He got off a train bound for summer archeological camp and it left without him. Now he is in the middle of Montana, without his backpack, without cell phone coverage. His parents are sailing somewhere in the Caribbean, his grandfather is dog-sitting for them in their new house in Wisconsin, and and even the dogs his grandfather is supposed to be taking care of are lost. Ry is alone.
Then he meets Del, a quirky and kind man who suggests they go find Ry's parents. "I don't even know exactly where they are," says Ry. "It would be impossible." "Uh-oh," says Beth (a friend of Del's.) "Those are magic words to Del."
What seems impossible is, in fact, not. This is at the heart of Lynne Rae Perkin's As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth
. Ry embarks on a wild journey that takes him by train, car, plane, boat...
Beyond the Book
While journeying to find his parents, Ry took a train, a car, a plane and a boat. Four separate vehicles. But what if he could have simply taken one? What if there were such a vehicle? One that could operate on land, water and in the air?
There is! Check out the Ramphos!
While it looks just like something slightly crazy Del would have patch-worked together and you would skeptically (and warily) wonder if it would crash into a million pieces the minute...