The Car by Gary Paulsen

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Fourteen-year-old Terry Anders is a 1990s Huck Finn, with parents as neglectful as Pap. Like Huck, he escapes, not on a raft but by constructing a kit car. “Besides evoking a type of independence and tough-mindedness that will appeal to teens, this provocative novel introduces and explores some interesting philosophies of life while stressing the value of learning from experience.”--Publishers Weekly
 

About Gary Paulsen

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GARY PAULSEN has written nearly two hundred books for young people, including the Newbery Honor Books Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room. He divides his time between a home in New Mexico and a boat on the Pacific Ocean.
 
Published March 30, 1994 by Harcourt Children's Books. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, War. Fiction

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Waylon takes Terry to Wayne, a war buddy who tries to temper Waylon's sporadic rages against injustice.

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In a starred review, PW praised the Newbery Honor author for ``his ability to create flesh-and-blood characters'' in this story about a 14-year-old who sets out on a road trip and meets up with a Vietnam vet.

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Fourteen-year-old Terry Anders is a 1990s Huck Finn, with parents as neglectful as ``Pap.'' Like Huck he escapes, not on a raft but by constructing a kit car.

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