Road Trip by Gary Paulsen

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Dad and Ben haven't been getting along recently and Dad hopes a road trip to rescue a border collie will help them reconnect. But Ben is on to Dad's plan and invites  Ben's thuggish buddy, Theo. The family dog, Atticus, comes along too and the story is told by Ben and Atticus. When their truck breaks down, they commandeer an old school bus, along with its mechanic, Gus. Next, they pick up Mia, a waitress escaping a tense situation. Only sharp-eyed Atticus realizes that Theo is on the run—and someone is following them. 

About Gary Paulsen

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Gary Paulsen is the author of more than 100 books and the winner of numerous awards, including three Newbery Honors and the Golden Spur Award for Best Young Adult Western.
Published January 8, 2013 by Wendy Lamb Books. 128 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Ben is barely speaking to his dad as his father drops one bombshell after another on him: He’s quit his job and started flipping houses for a very uncertain living, and Ben probably won't be able to attend a promised summer hockey camp that he worked for all year.

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A devoted raconteur of dog stories, Gary Paulsen (Notes from the Dog) along with his sculptor son, Jim, pull from a family tradition of adopting shelter dogs for their absorbing first collaboration.

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Acclaimed author Gary Paulsen has often written about dogs, and is known as an enthusiastic fan of canines.

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Paulsen's newest, published in January, 2013, is Road Trip, and it is sure to satisfy boys of all ages, especially if your son happens to be a dog lover.

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There's another reason for the trip: Ben's dad quit his job as a v-p at an insurance company to "flip houses," and he breaks the news that the money's not there to send Ben to hockey camp.

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