The Car

the car gary paulsen

Neglected by his parents, fourteen-year-old Terry Anders is used to taking care of things on his own. He even manages to assemble a car kit by himself. When the car is finished, Terry sets off from Cleveland to Portland in search of an uncle he barely remembers. Along the way, he is joined by a wise Vietnam vet who turns his journey into an adventure in learning.---from the publisher

192 pages                                  978-0152058272                            Ages 12 and up

Keywords:  self reliance, cars, road trip, family, Vietnam veteran, military, Vietnam war, journey, education, coming of age, new experiences, teens, 12 year old, 13 year old, 14 year old, 15 year old, dysfunctional family, abandonment

Editor's note: This is one of my top five young adult books. Such a great journey that teaches so much about the process of living successfully.

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