BY GARY PAULSEN AND JIM PAULSEN
“Road Trip” is the first collaboration between three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulsen and his son, Jim Paulsen.
Told in alternating points of view between a teenager and his dog, this story of a father/son road trip to pick up a rescued dog is filled with humor, adventure and a cast of lovable characters.
Teenager Ben is looking forward to summer vacation, and honing his hockey skills at camp. But day one into vacation, Ben is up at the crack of dawn and on the road with his adventurous father and their dog Atticus to travel across country and adopt a rescued Border collie puppy. The journey, is soon unlike any other in their past.
First, Dad reveals that he has quit his job, and money is too tight for hockey camp this year. All of a sudden, Ben’s not too happy spending quality time with Dad.
Luckily, along the way, Ben and Dad pick up a zany cast of characters including Gus the mechanic, (who lends them a school bus when their ride breaks down,) Theo, a likeable thug on the run from some scary people, and Mia, a waitress with a big heart and major smarts.
Put everyone on a big yellow school bus, and you have a laugh-out-loud story that only a Paulsen (or two) can tell.
Gary Paulsen says “dogs never lie or cheat, and their default setting is love. Some may seem grumpy, but all dogs have honor, humor and dignity and, if you’re really lucky and you pay attention, they will bring out those same characteristics in you.”
Perfect for reluctant readers, Paulsen fans, dog lovers, and all who love a rollicking tale, “Road Trip” is sure to make readers crave their own adventure, as well as a dog like Atticus to call their own.
Ages 10 up.
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Family, friends remember Garner’s Norman roots
Flowers started arriving at the James Garner statue at Main Street and Jones Avenue Sunday morning after residents learned of the famed actor and Norman native’s death Saturday night in California.
American Banjo Museum offers look at past
What do you call perfect pitch? If you can throw a banjo through the window and onto the garbage truck! My brother-in-law, a musician, told me this joke. Boy, the banjo is the Rodney Dangerfield of instruments — it gets no respect. Well, get ready to appreciate the banjo for its history and heritage — at the American Banjo Museum in OKC’s Bricktown. This cool museum takes you through 370 years of banjo history in eight minutes, then settles down to give you details which will keep you interested for many more.
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Dillingham in benefit concert Monday at Symphony Center
Musician Kyle Dillingham will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday to raise funds for a local man in need of a liver transplant.
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A book focusing on support for children with autism will be launched at Uptown Grocery Co. from 2-5 p.m. July 19. “New Frontiers in Sensory Integration” is the most recent work of internationally acclaimed educator Stephanie Mines. Although based in Colorado, the neuropsychologist has gained experience in various parts of the world. Edmond was chosen as the launching place in honor of the local physical therapists who influenced Dr. Mines during her clinical trials.
City Council approves $114,500 for statues
City Council members have approved a $114,500 supplemental appropriation for public art.
During the previous fiscal year, private contributions covered costs of a couple of larger art pieces that exceeded the city’s matching contribution limit of $35,000, causing the city to run short of budget authority as year-end activity approached, according to background provided by the council.
Summer camp enriches children
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Sewing camps helps girls hone in skills
Anna Paladini (foreground) and her twin sister Alex Paladini work on their patchwork purses during the Sewing Camp held at the Parks and Recreation department in Mitch Park. The girls planned their summer vacation to see their grandparents, Kay and Mark Mades, around the camp Jeanine Smith teaches each summer.
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