Takeoffs and Landings by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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A journey to the center of their hearts.

Ever since their father's sudden death eight years ago, Chuck and Lori's mom has spent most of her time on the road as a motivational speaker, leaving them and their younger siblings in the care of their grandparents. But this trip is different; this time, their mother has invited Chuck and Lori along in an attempt to reconnect with her eldest--and now most distant--children.
     Lori is so angry with her mother for her constant absence she can barely look at her, and Chuck, as usual, tries to make himself invisible. From the start the trip seems doomed. But slowly, walls built up over the years begin to show cracks. Laser-sharp glares are finally and painfully turned inward. And in the end secrets are finally revealed--secrets that will change all of their lives forever..

About Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including The Missing series and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at HaddixBooks.com.
Published June 12, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Travel. Fiction

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Pretty, popular Lori, 14, feels that just about all she has in common with her fat, slow, older brother Chuck is their mother, their father having died eight years ago.

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Through Lori and Chuck's alternating perspectives (their mom breaks in occasionally to offer her point of view), readers discover just how angry the seemingly perfect Lori is towards her almost always absent mother and about overweight and clumsy Chuck's self-loathing—they even learn why their mo...

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Two teen siblings go on their first plane ride to join their motivational-speaker mother on a two-week five-city tour. "The characters experience dramatic breakthroughs at the conclusion, but

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Widowed and without a profession or a degree, their mother Joan had to find a job to support her five children.

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