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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Shootout of a sale
An original article of the Wild West will be made available at auction Thursday. The rifle of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp will be part of the J. Levine Auction & Appraisal’s Summer Quarterly Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Earp was an Arizona deputy sheriff and deputy town marshal in Tombstone, Ariz. He is legendary for playing a key role in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. He died in 1929 at age 80.
Wyatt Earp collector Barry Tapp of Edmond will be selling his 1895 Wyatt Earp Marlin rifle at the auction. The rifle has an estimated value between $50,000 and $75,000. It includes authentication documentation from Tombstone Heritage Museum, according to the auction house
Carpenter Square Theatre Presents ‘Fibs’
For two nights only, Carpenter Square Theatre presents Albert Bostick’s one-man show “Fabulous Fibs, Fables, and Folklore.” Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 and 9 at the theater at 800 W. Main in downtown Oklahoma City.
Science Museum Oklahoma to exhibit Power Play
Designed to test strength, speed, stamina, flexibility and balance, Science Museum Oklahoma’s new exhibit — Power Play — explores human physiology and the power of the human body. Power Play is now open to the public.
Discard the boredom of family game night
We’re all about families having fun together, and game night is one of the best ways to do that. But playing the same games over and over can get a little stale. So in the interests of injecting a little more fun into your family’s game night, here are some great choices that will keep you and yours engaged and laughing.
OBU dance team celebrates National Dance Day
In 2010, “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe created National Dance Day in an effort to help people embrace dance and combat obesity on the last Saturday in July.
This year, on July 26, Oklahoma Baptist University’s dance team will host a fundraiser that allows participants to dance all day for $30. The fundraiser will be in the Noble Complex on OBU’s campus.
Cami Gower, an OBU junior and co-captain/co-founder of the dance team, said the team’s officers have been planning for their upcoming season since April. Gower is a graduate of Deer Creek High School.
“Since then we have been coming up with better ways to reach the community with dance,” she said. “This day of dance was a great way to do it and help the team raise funds.”
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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.
Enjoy affordable romance in Dahlonega, Ga.
Nestled in the mountains of northern Georgia against the Chattahoochee National Forest lies a tiny town that offers an authentic peek at a time long past. The charm of yesteryear combined with the calm of nature, friendly locals and the fun of back country roads dotted with vineyards and tasting rooms results in the perfect getaway for couples in search of a romantic escape or honeymoon destination. Those headed to Dahlonega for an intimate weekend will want to consider the following itinerary items.
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