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Turn Left at the Cow

by Lisa Bullard

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I really enjoyed this book. I found it very hard to put down. A good story, very real characters, great suspense, and some wonderful laugh out loud moments. I hope Lisa Bullard will keep writing for this grade level. I know lots of children I'll want to share this with. Good for lovers of Dead End in Norvelt. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
TURN LEFT AT THE COW is a good, old-fashioned mystery book.

It's targeted at Middle-graders, but that won't keep tweens or adults from enjoying it, because it's funny, has good characters, and manages some excellent tension at the end, as things get dangerous.

The background of the story is that Travis, 13, is rather annoyed with his mom's new marriage. Friction gets worked up between step-dad and step-son to the point where Travis decides to make a surprise trip to see his grandmother. His arrival in rural Minnesota however doesn't make life easier for him, because his father is considered to have been a deadbeat bank robber.

No one really knows whether Travis' biological father is dead, nor what happened to the money. And that's what spurs the adventure, for next door neighbors Kenny and Iz are dead set on finally discovering where the money is, if they can only convince Trav to help.

Clue's abound, but what makes this a good read in my opinion are the little things. The contrasts in expectations that arise from a California boy's being in the land of pasture and pot-lucks; and the characterizations of the kids and adults. ( )
  PamFamilyLibrary | Oct 14, 2013 |
Rural Minnesota , where you might want to give directions by telling people to 'Turn Left At The Cow, is where 13 year old Travis, has come to find some answers. He has runaway from California and his mom and new stepfather. In Minnesota, there is his grandma, his dead father's mother, and maybe she has the answers to the questions Travis has about his father . Living next door to his grandmother are cousins Kenny and Izzy who are the first to let Travis know that the whole town is still looking for money from the bank robbery blamed on Travis's dad that happened before Travis was born.
The book is a mystery story and a good one. There is excitement and humor and some serious thoughts about the relationships between parents and their children. And, there is a first romance. All the small town locals and summer events bring the kids and their search to an exciting ending. Definitely a middle school book. The book is awash in similes, some of which will be over the head of elementary. Told in the first person.
Author summered in a Minnesota cabin on a lake, adding to the authenticity.
Reviewed from NetGalley. ( )
  librarian1204 | Aug 24, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0544029003, Hardcover)

Thirteen-year-old Trav has always wondered about his dead-before-he-was-born dad. But when he heads from California to his grandmother's house in rural Minnesota, hoping to learn about his past, he gets more than he bargained for. It turns out his dad was involved in a bank robbery right before he mysteriously disappeared, and the loot from the take is still missing. Along with Kenny and Iz, the kids next door, Trav embarks on a search for the cash. But the trio’s adventure quickly turns dangerous when it becomes clear that someone else is looking for the money—someone who won’t give up without a fight!

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"Thirteen-year-old Trav feels like a fish out of water in rural Minnesota in this coming-of-age mystery about a boy who discovers his dad may have been a bank robber"--

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