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On the Road Again

by (author) Marie-Louise Gay & David Homel

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Apr 2008
General, New Experience, Europe
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2011
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2008
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jan 2012
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
  • Reading age: 7 to 10


In the sequel to Travels With My Family, the family is on the road again -- this time to spend a year in a tiny village in southern France.

They experiences the spring migration of sheep up to the mountain pastures, the annual running of the bulls (in which Charlie's father is trapped in a phone booth by a raging bull), and other adventures large and small. Most of all, though, Charlie and his little brother, Max, grow fond of their new neighbors -- the man who steals ducks from the local river, the neighbor's dog who sleeps right in the middle of the street and their new friends Rachid and Ahmed, who teach them how to play soccer in the village square.

About the authors

MARIE-LOUISE GAY has achieved international acclaim as an author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many awards, including two Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Any Questions? and Short Stories for Little Monsters. She lives in Montreal.

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David Homel has translated over 30 books, many by Quebec authors. He won the Governor General's Literary Award in translation in 1995 for Why Must a Black Writer Write About Sex? by Dany Laferrière; his translation of Laferrière's How to Make Love to a Negro was nominated in 1988; and he won the prize in 2001 with fellow translator Fred A. Reed for Fairy Wing. His novels, which include Sonya & Jack, Electrical Storms, and The Speaking Cure have been published in several languages. Homel lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award

Editorial Reviews

...what makes this book so delightful is the style. It is easy to believe that this is the narrative of a boy about ten years old. Besides the events and people he describes, there are the pungent asides about his parents and little brother. Readers of the same age will really enjoy this tale.

Multicultural Review

...[In On the Road Again] the adventures are quirky and funny but still have a true-to-life feel. This is the perfect read-together book to enjoy during your family vacation.

Together Magazine

A perfect sequel, liberally illustrated with Gay's good-humored sketches...brims with anecdotal entertainment for the earliest of armchair travelers.

Kirkus Reviews

...full of good humour...this novel will hit a home run...

Globe and Mail

Each short chapter is a charming snapshot of the everyday life and characters in rural France...While a comic thread runs through the novel, many facts about culture and geography are peppered profusely in the narrative that both parents and young readers will find amusing and edifying. On the Road Again! is a delightful follow up to Travels with My Family (2006) by the husband and wife team of Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel...The collboration features black and white illustrations in Gay's inimitable style. Move over Peter Mayle. This is A Year in Provence for the junior armchair traveler.

CM Magazine

Librarian Reviews

On the Road Again! More Travels with My Family

The family is on the road again — this time to spend a year in a tiny village in southern France. They have small and large adventures. Most of all, though, Charlie and his little brother, Max, grow fond of their new neighbours. Includes black-and-white illustrations. Sequel to Travels with My Family.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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