Fourth Grade Journey

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Road Trip by Gary and Jim Paulsen

How I Heard About It:  I must be spending a lot of time in my car because I have been cruising through the middle-grade novels.  This was another audio book that I recently picked up from my local library.  

What It Is About:  Ben is ready for a summer and some time at hockey camp.  He is surprised to learn that his father has planned a road trip for the two of them along with their dog Atticus.  Ben's father is going to go pick up a new dog that needs to be rescued.  He isn't thrilled about this change of plans and to get back at his dad, he invites his buddy to tag along who the father isn't fond of.  The three of them, along with Atticus, hit the open road.  They have some problems along the way and pick up a few extra passengers.  During the road trip, Ben learns details of his father and mother's life and the "problems" they have been going through.  Each member of this road trip has their own story and learns to share it with the people they are sharing the road with.  

What I Thought Of It:  It was interesting to listen to the introduction from Gary Paulsen before the start of the story.  He talked about how this book came to be and the writing process he and his son took to create the story.  Being a father to both a son and daughter, I could relate to many aspects of the story which I found enjoyable.  The plot moved along quickly and there was always someone or something new be added to the journey which made for an exciting read.  The fact that Atticus the dog also narrated the story was a great addition to the read.  

Who Should Read It:  I can see third, fourth, and fifth graders really enjoying this story.  Boys may gravitate toward it more than girls because of Ben, but it isn't limited to just them.  If you have dog lovers in your life, then this is the story for them.  Of course Gary Paulsen fans need to experience this collaboration with his son.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  4 STARS out of 5 Stars

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