Ten Miles from Winnemucca by Thelma Hatch Wyss

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Hiding in an Idaho canyon -- with only an old red Jeep to call home -- Martin J. Miller needs a few things. The top three items on his list are:

FOOD
FLASHLIGHT
LAUNDROMAT

The last three are:

TOOTHPASTE
PHONE
TRUST FUND

But with no trust fund in sight, Marty's relying on his:

EXCELLENT PLANNING SKILLS
NATIVE WIT
QUIRKY SENSE OF HUMOR

while he decides if he'd be better off returning home to his:

NEWLY REMARRIED MOTHER
COFFEE-TABLE-COLLECTING STRPFATHER
H0STILE STEPBROTHER

On second thought, life hiding out in a canyon is looking pretty good....

 

About Thelma Hatch Wyss

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Thelma Hatch Wyss lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author of "Here at the Scenic-Vu Motel", an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; "Ten Miles from Winnemucca", a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year; and on the McElderry list, "Bear Dancer: The Story of a Ute Girl", which won the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Regional Book Award and was on the New York Public Library's "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing" list.
 
Published March 1, 2002 by HarperCollins. 144 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Wyss (A Stranger Here, 1993, etc.) deftly keeps her writing light and her narrative moving, as she leads readers (and Martin) into realizing that his choices reflect his feelings about his mother far more than about leaving Winnemucca.

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After his stringy-haired stepbrother throws his belongings out of the second-floor window, the 16-year-old narrator runs away, takes a job at a burger joint and enrolls in school.

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The title refers to Marty's realization that "No matter where I found myself in the cities of the world—New York City, Istanbul, Athens, Seattle, or Red Rock—I would always be just ten miles from Winnemucca in my heart."

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