Friday, July 9, 2010

Road Trip Double Feature

One of the best things about summer is that it is the perfect time for a road trip. Is there any better way to see this beautiful country that we live in and all the weird road side attractions that we have to offer? If you don't have time, or gas money this summer, here are two new books that will transform your stay-cation into an open-road adventure.

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy's mother has arranged for Roger, the son of an old friend, to drive Amy to Connecticut from California. Amy's mother intends it to be a very structured drive with stops in the hotels that she has made reservations in. Amy's mother does not expect them to use more gasoline or food money than is absolutely necessary.

When Amy steps into Roger's car, it becomes clear to her that this just might be the time to deviate from her mother's plan.

This book is full of Amy and Roger's play lists, receipts, state slogans and travel souvenirs. You'll be right along with them as they make, what is definitely an epic detour.

A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
Cassie is the type of girl who could hop on her bike and head off across a few states, by herself. She's tough, she can use a circular saw and she knows how to change her tires. But, just because she's self reliant doesn't mean she doesn't need anyone. It just happens that the person she needed most is dead.

Julia, Cassie's best friend, was the type of person who people gravitated towards. She was the type of person who starred in all the plays at school and she was the type of person who left behind a musical called "Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad." When Julia's friends decide to put on her musical to honor her, Cassie finds herself building sets and throwing-star launching castles. But without Julia there, Cassie just doesn't seem to fit in as easily. When the girl that made Cassie's life miserable in junior high is cast in what would have been Julia's role (the Ninja princess), it seems as good as any time to take a major bike trip.

But, you can only get so far from your problems. And also your friends....

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