Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
Road Trip! Any time you hear those words, you know you’re in for an adventure. Gary and Jim Paulsen don’t disappoint in this short novel about a dad, his son, Ben, going on an unforgettable trip to rescue a border collie puppy. The story is told through the eyes of Ben and Atticus, the family’s border collie who never misses a road trip. Along the way they pick up Theo, Ben’s friend, not one of Dad’s favorites, and Theo is trying to hid a big secret. When their truck has some mechanical troubles, they meet the cranky mechanic, Gus, who tells them it may be weeks before the truck gets fixed. Does this stop Dad? No way! He notices a school bus that Gus has on his lot and after convincing Gus to go along with them; the bus becomes their new mode of transportation (it just so happens that Dad has a license to drive a bus – convenient)! You’d think it would be smooth sailing from there, but it is only the beginning. They pick up another stranger, Mia, a waitress who quits her job and tags along. Would you believe she can read auras? That’s probably why Atticus loves her because he is pretty good at that himself! During the trip they drag race a police officer (you won’t believe this part) and are being followed by a mysterious person. Will they ever get to rescue the puppy? You’ll have to read it to find out.
Gary Paulsen is one of my favorite authors. I have been hooked on his books since he wrote Hatchet. This book is special because he co-wrote it with his son, Jim, who is not a writer but a sculptor. Their family loves dogs and they continually foster or rescue dogs. This is the first book they have authored together. You should read the “Author’s Note” at the beginning of the book because the process of how they wrote this book is really cool. I also highly recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs!
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