As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth

As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth

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by Lynne Rae Perkins
     
 

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The train was moving. Ry could hardly tell at first, but now he knew. It was gaining speed, and he wasn't fast enough to catch it. He had only gotten off for a minute, just to make a phone call—and now it was gone. He was in the middle of nowhere, alone.

Maybe it was the middle of nowhere, but to Ry, it felt like the beginning of something.

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Overview

Wait

The train was moving. Ry could hardly tell at first, but now he knew. It was gaining speed, and he wasn't fast enough to catch it. He had only gotten off for a minute, just to make a phone call—and now it was gone. He was in the middle of nowhere, alone.

Maybe it was the middle of nowhere, but to Ry, it felt like the beginning of something. Something that would take him in cars, planes, boats . . . over an ocean and back. Something like an adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice "Relentlessly entertaining…an absolute delight."
Horn Book
"Wherever Perkins’s warm, funny, wise narrative goes is where a reader wants to be."
Booklist (starred review)
ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice “Relentlessly entertaining…an absolute delight.”
New York Times Book Review
“A rich, eventful, and extremely entertaining summer road trip.”
Horn Book (starred review)
“Wherever Perkins’s warm, funny, wise narrative goes is where a reader wants to be.”
Kirkus Reviews
It's easy to fall off the face of the Earth, as the affable 15-year-old Ry discovers when he misses his camp-bound train somewhere in Montana. It wouldn't be so traumatic if his parents weren't adrift in the Caribbean, his grandpa in Wisconsin hadn't plunged into a sinkhole and all potentially helpful cell phones weren't either dead, out of range or stolen by a green-hued jungle monkey. Ry's efforts to get somewhere from the middle of nowhere form the core of this poetic, ebullient odyssey, Perkins's first novel since her Newbery-winning Criss Cross (2005). Three tales in three-plus locales (and the occasional dog-centric comic strip) weave a playfully inventive, even suspenseful narrative peppered with colorful characters and close calls. Details of, say, a cactus lamp or a fly's flight are vividly and often humorously described in a fresh, intimate, mostly third-person voice, frequently interrupted with almost conversational attempts to clarify and refine observations. A long, immensely enjoyable, curiously comforting ramble through an absurd-but-benign world, tellingly filed by the Library of Congress under "Adventure and adventurers-Fiction," "Accidents-Fiction" and "Luck-Fiction." (Fiction. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061870927
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
738,665
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Lynne Rae Perkins was awarded the Newbery Medal for Criss Cross. She is the author of three other novels—All Alone in the Universe, As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth, and Nuts to You. Lynne Rae Perkins has also written and illustrated several picture books, including The Broken Cat; Snow Music, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and a Book Sense Top Ten Pick; Pictures from Our Vacation; and The Cardboard Piano. The author lives with her family in northern Michigan. 

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