100 Sideways Miles
Epileptic, shy, and pretty sure that he is actually a character in one of his father's novels, Finn feels trapped. Then he meets Julia.
JLG Release: Nov 2014
Awards & Honors
2014 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature; YALSA’s 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults; New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2014, Young Adult; Los Angeles Public Library Best Books of 2014, Teen; The New York Public Library, Best Books for Teens 2014!
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*
School Library Journal
Finn Easton has lived his life in the shadow of a book. As a child, Finn was severely injured and his mother killed in a freak accident: a dead horse landed on them when it fell off a truck that was traveling over a bridge. After the accident, his father took many of Finn’s unique characteristics (his name, hetero [STARRED REVIEW]
Finn Easton has lived his life in the shadow of a book. As a child, Finn was severely injured and his mother killed in a freak accident: a dead horse landed on them when it fell off a truck that was traveling over a bridge. After the accident, his father took many of Finn’s unique characteristics (his name, heterochromatic eyes, propensity to measure time in miles traveled by the Earth in orbit, struggle with epilepsy, and a particular scar along his back) and made them into a character in a Robert Heinlein—esque novel, The Lazarus Door. The novel has attained cult status around the world and made Finn’s life a nightmare. The only person who treats him as though he is not the character in the book is his best friend, Cade Hernandez, the tobacco-chewing, sex-obsessed, teacher-baiting hero to their classmates, beloved for his pitching skills and his ability to get most people—especially girls—to do whatever he wants. Late in their junior year, Julia Bishop moves in and Finn falls in love. She is creative and funny. When she announces that she is moving back home to Chicago shortly after Finn’s birthday, he is heartbroken, but decides to continue with his planned road trip with Cade to Dunston University in Oklahoma, a school they plan to attend unless Cade is drafted by the major leagues or is given an athletic scholarship to another university. The trip is the first time Finn has been out of California or away from home, and Cade helps him cut the cord by throwing away his cell while on the road in Arizona. While driving in a deluge in Oklahoma, they witness an accident and risk their own lives rescuing a little boy, a dog, and a grandfather from a raging river. More than a bit wandering, this will appeal to teens who like novels that with a bit of an absurdist edge.—Suanne B. Roush, formerly at Osceola High School, Seminole, FL
5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Level 5.8; Points: 10;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 5.7; Points: 16;
Simon & Schuster
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use
Best friends, Friendship, Fathers and sons, Authors, Dating, Epilepsy, California,