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The Road to Wherever



by
John Ed Bradley

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
ISBN
9780374314057
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse, Violence: Death, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Discrimination: Religious, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse
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JLG Category

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A middle grade novel about a boy stuck on a summer road trip with his offbeat auto-mechanic cousins—a humor- and heart-filled journey that leads him to an unexpected confrontation with some broken-down parts of himself.

After eleven-year-old June Ball’s dad disappears without so much as a note, June’s mother sends him on the road with his adult cousins, Thomas and Cornell Ball. The Balls are “Ford Men”; their calling in life is to restore old Ford cars—and only Ford cars. So begins a summer traveling around the country, encountering broken-down Fairlanes, Thunderbirds, and Model Ts. They also encounter the cars’ owners, who often need fixing of their own. June doesn’t understand his cousins’ passion for all things Ford, but in every town and city, there’s a chance he might find his father. And at every turn, June realizes that this journey is about more than giving cars some TLC—there’s room to restore the broken parts of humans, too. A story of adventure, longing, and growing up.Author’s note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse, Violence: Death, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Discrimination: Religious, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

272

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 2/5"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2021

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Automobile maintenance and repair. Cousins. Fathers and sons. Road trips. Conduct of life. Family life. Ford automobiles. Friendship.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6–June Ball, an 11-year-old tween boy living in Sheboygan Falls, WI, is in for a rough summer. His mom is shipping him off to stay with his dad’s first cousins, Larry and Cornell Ball; “Ford men” who own Ball Garage in town and are Ford car fanatics. June has been having a hard time since his dad disappeared a few months prior. A war veteran, his dad struggled with drinking and PTSD since leaving the service and settling into civilian life in Wisconsin. June would prefer to eat, play video games, help his mom at her hair salon, and watch YouTube videos of kids who are surprised by war veteran parents who have been away a long time. When he gets in the Ford pickup truck with Larry and Cornell, he has no idea where they are headed. He asks desperately, “Where are we going?” The cousins reply, “Wherever we are needed.” At its heart, this is an optimistic book about dreamers and goal setters who achieve their goals. VERDICT Readers will be transported to summer days and nights where the air is warm and lifelong memories are made. A solid addition to realistic fiction books for middle graders.–Gretchen Schulz, Schaumburg Township Dist. Lib., IL

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6–June Ball, an 11-year-old tween boy living in Sheboygan Falls, WI, is in for a rough summer. His mom is shipping him off to stay with his dad’s first cousins, Larry and Cornell Ball; “Ford men” who own Ball Garage in town and are Ford car fanatics. June has been having a hard time since his dad disappeared a few months prior. A war veteran, his dad struggled with drinking and PTSD since leaving the service and settling into civilian life in Wisconsin. June would prefer to eat, play video games, help his mom at her hair salon, and watch YouTube videos of kids who are surprised by war veteran parents who have been away a long time. When he gets in the Ford pickup truck with Larry and Cornell, he has no idea where they are headed. He asks desperately, “Where are we going?” The cousins reply, “Wherever we are needed.” At its heart, this is an optimistic book about dreamers and goal setters who achieve their goals. VERDICT Readers will be transported to summer days and nights where the air is warm and lifelong memories are made. A solid addition to realistic fiction books for middle graders.–Gretchen Schulz, Schaumburg Township Dist. Lib., IL

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