When his mother decides on a whim to be a missionary in Africa and drags his
unwilling father with her, Henry is left in the care of his Aunts Magnolia and
Pigg. Henry's sure they dislike him and he's trying to keep his distance,
but that becomes more difficult when Mag decides they should take a
destination-less road trip. Mag, convalescing from an illness that makes her
look like death, is downright crabby. Pigg, tense from driving, is becoming more
assertive and less willing to submit to Mag's whims. And while they poke each
other literally Henry is finding it hard to keep his resolution.
They go to Virginia Beach (it's too hot); try camping in the Everglades (Henry
accidentally spends four days floating in a swamp); visit their daddy, Henry's
granddaddy (Henry's never met him!); and lose Pigg to love in Oklahoma (what
would the radio psychologist Daly Kramer say?) before they finally receive word
that Henry's parents are coming back and will meet them in Tulsa to finish the
trip with Mag and Henry. But his parents are bickering and Henry is in despair
until he surrenders to the road and decides to let whatever happens happen,
but to be there in it all.
Complete with her signature cast of eccentric characters, absurd situations, and
heartfelt moments, Polly Horvath writes an on-the-road epic like no other!
The Horn Book
Bitingly funny. A celebration of the clarity that can come when one simply decides just to be.
....the steady flow of sour outlooks, ill-humored repartee and self-pitying comments is a bit much, even for Horvath. Some will laugh; some will be put off, Horvath fans included. But a new offering from the queen of offbeat is always a welcome holiday. (Fiction. 11-13)
School Library Journal - Connie Tyrrell Burns
This latest book, like its predecessors, bounces from the hilarious to the heartrending. Another hit for Horvath.
Starred Review. At once poignant, funny and wise, this book gives new meaning to the phrase, "The best journeys never end."
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by Am Honest Review I would recommend getting the book on tape of this and listening to it on a car trip. It is perfect for the entire family to enjoy listening to. It is very funny, yes, but notice the metaphors and messages embedded in this. The man who reads the... Read More
Rated of 5
by Kelli :) This book was really fantastic full of adventure.
I would recommend this book to every one of my friends.
Rated of 5
by Will The Vacation I think this is an action packed book that will leave hanging and on the edge of your seat. Strap yourself in and get ready for a roller coaster.
Polly Horvath has been writing books since she was eight. She grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She went to college in Toronto and lived in New York and Montreal before settling on southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, with her husband Arnie and her daughters, Emily and Rebecca. She has published many books for children which have been translated into many languages including, German, French, Thai, Japanese, Danish and Italian and she has won many awards including the National Book Award and the Newbery Honor.
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