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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Train.

Car.

Plane.

Boat.

Feet.

He'll get there.

Won't he?

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Note from the Publisher: This title may not be suitable for devices with smaller screens.

Train.

Car.

Plane.

Boat.

Feet.

He'll get there.

Won't he?

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:
9780062001405
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
941,257
File size:
2 MB
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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As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
YA-Addict More than 1 year ago
I didn't know much about this book. The description doesn't give much away. What I found in the book was a fun read about a summer gone wrong for one highly entertaining family. Ry is supposed to be off to summer camp. He gets a note telling him not to come to camp, camp no longer exists. When he jumps off his train real quick to try to find a cell connection, the train takes off without him. His parents are no help. They are off on a Caribbean trip dealing with problems of their own. His Grandpa is back at home house sitting with the two dogs. But he has fallen and hit his head, and is now suffering from short-term amnesia. Oh yea, and the dogs ran away. So Ry is all on his own with no one to know he is missing. Luckily he meets Del. A different but nice man that helps Ry through all the craziness. The story is mainly in Ry's perspective, but we also see the other three stories throughout. The dogs story was told with short illustrations, which I found amusing. Ry was a solid main character. He made you want to follow along on his crazy journey. Del was a very important character. Without him, Ry on his own would have felt more scary. But the comfort and kindness he brought kept the story fun and humorous. The best part of the story by far was the writing style. It's wry and witty and moving all at the same time. I loved the way she puts her sentences together. Perkins made every character lovable and realistic to me. Even the dogs! My only complaint would be getting to the ending, I grew impatient waiting for everything to come together. I wanted to see all the separate stories tie together, and that seemed to drag a bit. But that could just be me being the impatient person I am. :) As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth was an easy and enjoyable read that had me laughing out loud. A perfect lazy summer read. This is my first book from Perkins, and I will be reading more from her for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its such a wonderful book you should defonatly try the sample first and see if its your type if book
ksumorgan More than 1 year ago
The book wasnt the best book ive read or a favorite but hey, in the end you will be glad u read it!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Ry is going to a camp for the summer. He's set to leave on a train, bound for the ArcheoTrails program. Until he's not. Ry got off the train to make a call to his grandfather, who is home babysitting the family pets, and the train began to move. Without him. Trying and failing to catch up to the train, Ry's journey began. To somehow get home to his grandfather, who isn't picking up the phone, or to contact his parents, who are sailing around the islands somewhere. Along the way, he meets Del, a kind man who has his own reasons for taking a detour around the country, and who quickly builds a bond of friendship with young Ry. AS EASY AS FALLING OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH is Lynne Ray Perkins' second novel for teens, and portrays the same breezy, poetic style that CRISS CROSS used to win the hearts of readers everywhere. Alternating chapters between the story of Ry, his forgetful grandfather, his direction-challenged parents, and comics detailing the lives of the two family dogs, Perkins crafts a fun little story that will appeal to middle grade readers. The characters of this novel are what make it shine. Ry is a great male protagonist who has quiet yet focused goals, but is still an adolescent and unsure of the decisions that he should make. The trip changes him in many ways that readers will come to appreciate, and was my favorite part of the novel. Ry's grandfather is a little more eccentric, and isn't in the picture much. Readers will be concerned for his character, but will not connect with him on the same level as Ry. The same is very true for Ry's parents, as well. Del, another one of the many adult characters populating Perkins' novel, is a step up from Ry's relatives and is enjoyable and very three-dimensional with the romantic past he slowly reveals to Ry throughout the course of the book. However, readers of all kinds will probably enjoy the comics featuring the family dogs the most. They were particularly funny and well-written animals. Ms. Perkins first captured me with her writing in CRISS CROSS, which was one of my favorite middle grade love story books a few years back, and it was just as strong in her sophomore novel. However, readers will find her unfocused plot a lot less appealing this time around. Ry's quest is interesting, but not very meaningful until the end, and many parts lag because of this. Nonetheless, it makes for a great book, especially for younger readers, and they will be enraptured by the delightfully elegant prose of Lynne Rae Perkins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How is the book? Should i read it? Is it worth it?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horribly boring. Would not recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a terrible book at first but when del came in it was amazing. Every thing was against ry for some reason. Overall this was a fantastic book. Please read it when you have a chance. You will love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a book of adventures made possible by mistakes. Everything that can possibly go wrong for the pair, does go wrong. I reccomend this book to anyone looking for a tale of adventure and mishap. To some thi may seem a cheesy review but I am just giving you a taste of the book before buying. If you don't like this review please keep your opinion to yourself.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think she has good writing,but from the way the book was described to the girl who would rather stare at a brick wall than read it again,I will probably NOT be reading it:).
Grace Hamby More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and intrugining
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Sierra Clegg More than 1 year ago
I read the other reviews but i've all ready read the book and im glad i did because i liked this book alot, confusing in the beggining but interesting. Mybe a little dry but i like it. 4 stars! The rest of you are crazy.
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EdNY More than 1 year ago
Lynne Rae Perkins' book As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth begins with a catastrophe and keeps on going. Here are the three main ones (although there are many more): 1. Ry is on his way from Wisconsin to a hiking camp. The train he is on suddenly stops in the middle of nowhere. He gets off the train (against the conductor's warning) to make a call but his cell phone has no reception, so he starts moving further away from the train. Of course, at that point the train starts moving and he is left in the middle of nowhere. 2. Ry's grandfather, Lloyd, is staying at Ry's house to take care of the dogs while Ry and his parents (see item 3 below) are away. While walking the dogs, he trips and hits his head. He's unconscious for a while and when he awakens, he has amnesia. In addition, the dogs have wandered off. 3. Ry's parents are cruising the Caribbean on a dream vacation. They lose their cell phone and are basically incommunicado and know nothing of Ry's and Lloyd's predicaments. They also have their own problems to contend with. The main story concerns Ry, who wanders into a nearby town and meets the town's do-gooder, Del. Del decides to drive Ry home to Wisconsin (from Montana) and when they arrive, Lloyd is still nowhere to be found. So they then decide to find Ry's parents in whatever island they happen to be on-an implausible strategy, in my mind. My personal feeling is that the story of Ry and Del and the adventures they have on their road trip would have been an excellent story. The addition of Lloyd's and Ry's parents' trials and tribulations just muddle the works. As I mentioned earlier, there is catastrophe after catastrophe. If Perkins was trying to be humorous, the humor was lost on me. If she was trying to be serious, it was just too much. Having said all that, I do like the way Perkins writes. Her use of language is excellent. You can visualize every location and every event. I like the main characters, Ry, Del and his friends, Yulia who is Del's love interest. I like the adventures they experience, especially with Carl, the driver with alzheimers disease and cataracts, who can barely see the road, and who picks them up as they are hitchhiking. As a road trip book, without the catastrophes that Perkins uses as catalysts for the action, this could be a 4 or even 5 star book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is terrible. i am going to list things that are better than this book: 1 staring at a wall 2 being mortally wounded 3 being forced to eat brussel sprouts fthis is just a few things but believe me the list could be long lets just say save your money, and spend your time doing something else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont even know what the fricken book is bout!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ugg..... i didnt really like this book that much