Oprah's 2010 Kids' Reading List: 12 and Up
When Jane's stepfather, Ned, gets fired from his job as a French teacher -- turns out he doesn't speak French -- Jane feels the warm glow of possibility. She can tell that Ned is restless, eager to get out on the road, and she too is thrilled with the idea of adventures to be had. She's ready for her whole family -- her mother; Ned; her sister, Maya; and her two little brothers -- to leave Saskatchewan right away and drive through the night, like outlaws.
So Jane and her family set off on an adventure that takes them across the continent: from a First Nation village through Las Vegas to Ned's mothers's horse ranch, where Jane meets her eccentric new grandmother and aunts. As Jane learns more about Ned's family history, she starts to realize that there's a difference between her own love of adventure and Ned's true outlaw spirit. Far from home, she gains new perspective on the unpredictable things that people do.
Polly Horvath has written many outstanding books for children, including The Canning Season (National Book Award, CLA Young Adult Book Award); Everything on a Waffle (Newbery Honor Book, ALA Notable Book, Mr. Christie’s Book Award, Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize); The Corps of the Bare-boned Plane (Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize); The Vacation (Child Magazine Best Book Award, Chocolate Lily Award); My One Hundred Adventures (NAPPA Gold Award, Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, Parents’ Choice Gold Award) and Northward to the Moon (Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize Finalist, Oprah’s Reading List). She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
...a poignant novel that excels in the charm and depth of its characters. Highly recommended.
Rakish, tart and joyous...[a] refreshing novel.
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