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Determined to find his father and relive their good times, twelve-year-old Spencer takes his cat, slips away from home in Seattle, and sets out for San Francisco's Candlestick Park.
Behind in the rent, and with the car about to be repossessed, Spencer's mother decamps in the middle of the night, finding temporary refuge for herself and Spencer across town, at Aunt May's. She tells them that Spencer's cat, Foxey, has to go; desperate to keep him, Spencer forces him into a box and heads for San Francisco on a stolen bike, hoping to find his father. Kehret has an agenda, but she makes her points indirectly: Spencer experiences more discomfort than danger (although he is robbed by other runaways), and acts in ways he knows are wrong, from theft to hitchhiking. Foxey is far more troublesome than the hazards of the trip, and Spencer's efforts to keep his terrified pet from running off come close to mistreatment. They arrive in San Francisco by chance—retired carpenter, Hank Woodworth, pays Spencer's bus fare and takes Foxey in temporarily. Spencer finds his father, and Hank dies, leaving Spencer a college trust fund and ready cash for his mother. It's a distressingly tidy resolution, but Spencer's impulsive escapade may give readers infatuated with the notion of running away some second thoughts.
Posted June 22, 2014
Posted March 23, 2001
Spencer Atwood, a twelve-year-old boy is trying to find his dad because his mom is trying to get rid of his cat. One problem, he lives in San Francisco. How can he get down there on a bike and a cat and only fourteen dollars? On the way he will meet people, some are good and some are bad. Will he make it? Who knows, to find out read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 28, 2000
This book is about a 12 yr boy searching for his absent father. He leaves his mom and aunte in Seattle and travels to SanFransico with his cat Foxy. Is it worth it? Spencer finds a unusual home in Oregon with a single elderly man. Should Spencer trust this mysterious man? He does, but finds dad and realizes he isn't who he thought he was. Spencer returns home only to find a unexpected news in Oregon before he makes it back to Seattle.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 31, 2000
A fascinating book about a boy from a broken family searching for his absent father. He attempts to make it to SanFransico, but on the way meets a single elderly man who changes his life. He likewise finds out his father is more of a dream than reality.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.