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Road Trip (edition 2013)

by Gary Paulsen, Jim Paulsen

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Title:Road Trip
Authors:Gary Paulsen
Other authors:Jim Paulsen
Info:Wendy Lamb Books (2013), Hardcover, 128 pages
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Dogs never lie or cheat, and their default setting is love. Some may seem grumpy, but all dogs have honor, humor, and dignity, and if you're really lucky and you pay attention, they will bring out those same characteristics in you. - Auhtor's Note

The race was the most fun I've had all day. We should have run, of course, and not driven, but my boss doesn't run. Can't blame him; only two legs. - Atticus

Good thing that Gus is helping Theo and Mia. Someone's got to keep them straight, and they don't have me.
I heard him say that he raised everything on four legs on a farm.
Teenagers can't be that much different. - Atticus

Road Trip tells the story of Ben, his father and his dog Atticus who notices everything. They are on a road trip to rescue a Border Collie puppy. Ben's dad is a spur-of-the-moment kind of guy and it keeps Ben on his guard. On the road trip, they pick up Ben's friend Theo who is a bit of a thug, a grouchy (but lovable) mechanic - Gus, a big yellow school bus, and a feisty waitress who reads auras - Mia. They have an exciting adventure, along with a mystery because something is up with Theo.

This was a great middle grade book with likable characters on a fun adventure. Every other chapter is a one page look at what Atticus thinks about the situation. Atticus is a smart dog and very protective of his family. It is so cute to read what Atticus is thinking. The relationships between the characters seem very real. I love how Atticus is more observant than any of the others and how the road trip brings everyone closer together.

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Great book for 4th through 8th graders, especially reluctant readers and those who like dogs. ( )
  Jadedog13 | Feb 3, 2016 |
Narrated by Mike Chamberlain and John H. Mayer. A road trip story with requisite motley crew of characters. Not Gary Paulsen's strongest story in my mind. Chamberlain and Mayer do an adequate job narrating, giving Ben a youthful voice and old dog Atticus a sense of all-knowing unflappability (probably my favorite character of the book!). More of a 2.5 star rating. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
An easy fast read. Entertaining but nothing special. Definitely not a book I will remember a year from now. ( )
  KamGeb | Dec 12, 2015 |
This middle-grade novel is a collaboration between Gary Paulsen and his son Jim. Road Trip is about a father and son Ben, who set off on a road trip to rescue a border collie. They take their dog Atticus with them, and Atticus chimes in with his perspective at the end of each chapter. Ben isn't excited to go on the trip. He'd rather be home with his friends. And he soon learns that part of his dad's purpose for the trip is to explain to him some big changes in their family. Along the way, they pick up three other people who are facing challenges in their lives. Some of the plot twists are very hard to believe, but if you are willing to suspend disbelief a bit, this is an enjoyable book with some strong characters. ( )
  porch_reader | Dec 2, 2015 |
Fun, fast read about Ben and his spontaneous dad. They end up on a road trip to save a dog, along with way picking up Theo, a boy from Ben's school who is in trouble, Gus a car mechanic, and Mia, a waitress who recently quit her job to join in on the adventure. All of them learn how to help one another and what they want for their own lives on this quick-paced, exciting realist fiction written by Gary Paulson and his son. ( )
  smheatherly2 | Jun 15, 2014 |
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Dad and Ben haven't been getting along recently and Dad hopes a road trip to rescue a border collie will help them reconnect. But Ben is on to Dad's plan and invites  Ben's thuggish buddy, Theo. The family dog, Atticus, comes along too and the story is told by Ben and Atticus. When their truck breaks down, they commandeer an old school bus, along with its mechanic, Gus. Next, they pick up Mia, a waitress escaping a tense situation. Only sharp-eyed Atticus realizes that Theo is on the run—and someone is following them. 

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A father and son embark on a road trip to a distant animal shelter to save a homeless border collie puppy.

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