Walk Away Home by Paul Many

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Don't break the prime directive—never look back.

Talk about marching to the beat of a different drummer. Nick has been out of step ever since his older brother was killed twelve years ago in a car crash.

Since then his conversations with his parents usually take place via their answering machine, his sense of humor gets him detentions, and the fire he causes earns him a one-way ticket to military school. Firmly believing there was never any trouble he couldn’t walk away from, he treks miles across the state to visit his fugitive aunt—maybe the only person alive who can hear his inner drummer. She’s found a home at a commune full of ex-hippies and lost souls, where, not surprisingly, Nick fits right in. But before he can get too comfortable, Nick gets involved with a girl, Diana, who has far more serious problems than he’s ever faced.

Not only must he try to save Diana from her dark past and convince his parents he can be trusted, but most important, he has to convince himself not to walk away the next time trouble comes along.

About Paul Many

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Paul Many is the author of one picture book, The Great Pancake Escape, and three young adult novels, Walk Away Home, My Life, Take Two, and These Are the Rules. My Life, Take Two was named one of New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age. Paul lives with his family in Toledo, OH.
Published October 1, 2002 by Walker Childrens. 288 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Although Nick learns to communicate with his all-too-human parents, both Nick and Wanda accept responsibility for their actions (i.e., mature), and Nick finds a home where he can stay, the plot and its happily-ever-after ending seem entirely implausible.

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He hopes that Wanda and his parents will let him stay for the school year so he can avoid military school (he was kicked out of his last school for, among other things, accidentally setting fire to Wanda's former house).

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