Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Road Trip!

While there is not an official definition, I say you cannot have an official road trip unless it takes place during summer or spring break. Or during a zombie apocalypse. I know there are those who will argue that "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" is one of the greatest road trip movies of all time, but I say trying to get home for Thanksgiving is not a true road trip scenario.

I love road trips; many of my best memories involve car camping. And then there was that infamous spring break trip when we all fell asleep and crashed the van (attention college freshmen everywhere: drinking coffee is not enough).

Which brings us to As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth. Summer break? Check! Hapless hero stranded in the middle of nowhere with only $83 dollars and one bar of cell phone life? Check! Random kindness/craziness of strangers? Check! Flying in a homemade airplane over the Atlantic Ocean? Whoa...

Thank you, Lynne Rae Perkins, for giving us an amazing road trip story! I haven't even finished it yet, and I'm already telling you guys about it because you are going to want to read this book.

Ry is on his way by train to an archeological dig/summer camp in Montana. His parents are away on a cruise around the Caribbean islands; his grandpa is home taking care of the dogs. While en route, Ry finds out camp has been canceled, gets off the train to call his grandpa, and yeah, you get the picture. Meanwhile, Grandpa falls down a hole and Ry's parents are blown off course by a storm. Even the dogs wander off -- their story is interspersed in cartoon format throughout the book. Ry can't get ahold of anybody but is determined to travel -- by foot, car, plane, boat -- until he finds his family.

Do you have a great road trip story?
Or a favorite road trip book or movie?


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