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Tripping
     

Tripping

4.7 4
by Heather Waldorf
 
On Resource Links Best Books of 2009 list

An opportunity to escape a dull summer - and perhaps to find a future for herself after high school - persuades Rainey Williamson to join a school-sponsored program that will take her and five other teenagers on an eight-week road trip across Canada. The challenge of this journey is heightened, in view of the fact that

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On Resource Links Best Books of 2009 list

An opportunity to escape a dull summer - and perhaps to find a future for herself after high school - persuades Rainey Williamson to join a school-sponsored program that will take her and five other teenagers on an eight-week road trip across Canada. The challenge of this journey is heightened, in view of the fact that Rainey has had to wear an artificial leg from birth. On the eve of her getaway, a crucial complication arises: she finds out that the mother who left when she was just a few months old is alive and well and living in Squamish, B.C., directly on the route of the student expedition. What's more, her mother now wants to see her.

Rainey's ambivalent at the prospect, to say the least. The cross-country trip begins, and she soon meets the others who become friends and comrades, all with issues and challenges to deal with. Rainey discovers her own strengths as she struggles with the decision about whether or not to meet her mother and figuring out what she might do with her life. In the end she discovers that her family tree is more extensive than she'd thought - and that taking chances provides perspective, opportunity, and a springboard from which to launch her future - and even a way back home.

The story is laced with Heather Waldorf's customary sharp intelligence and sense of humour - and her understanding of the themes teenagers are most engaged with.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Waldorf has written a unique story in which six very different young people are united in a common cause. Told with wit and humor, this fast-paced novel has character development that is extraordinary. Most young adults will easily identify with at least one person or theme. "

-- School Library Journal

"Tripping engages teen readers by effectively speaking to them while avoiding didactic lessons or moralistic endings. While the trip, itself, may seem extraordinary and beyond belief, Waldorf's novel shines due to her characters and their internal struggles as they approach maturity and begin their own self-exploration.

Highly Recommended."

-- CM Magazine

"A satisfying, entertaining and engaging story. . . Teen readers will eagerly hitch a ride on this cross-country adventure."

-- Kirkus

"Rainey is written with sympathy but still as a character that is accountable for her actions. . . Students who enjoy reading about wilderness adventures as well as those who enjoy reading about overcoming difficulties, physical and emotional, would enjoy this novel.

Excellent!"

-- Resource Links

"Tripping is a gut wrenching, inspirational and absolutely wonderful YA. The Writing is crisp and the main character is flawed, courageous. . . I really enjoyed this touching book."

-- Bookshipper.blogspot.com

"Tripping is a typical teenage angst book - touching on all the hot topics, i.e. alcoholism, divorce, abandonment, sex, drugs, teen pregnancy, with disabilities thrown in to boot. It is an easy read and may appeal to the reader who is looking for a diary type of book. The storyline was inventive and the characters were engaging. Tripping is definitely a teenage girl book and would serve well to be part of a series. The characters are likeable and believable while the plot is interesting enough to make the reader want to know what is happening next."

-- Pennsylvania School Library Association

School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up

"...the most important thing about the WESTEX trip isn't so much about how far we travel. It's about who we come to be along the way." Rainey and five other teens begin an eight-week school-sponsored educational/survival trek across Canada. Each member of the "Canadian Six Pack," as they call themselves, comes with a backstory. Rainey's challenge is heightened because she has an artificial leg and she learns that her mother, who abandoned her as a baby, lives near one of their stops and wants to meet her. As the trip progresses, the individuals bond and become part of a team. Slowly their stories rise to the surface, revealing a personal angst that teens everywhere can identify with. The group dynamic intensifies with a sharing and understanding thought impossible at the onset. Waldorf has written a unique story in which six very different young people are united in a common cause. Told with wit and humor, this fast-paced novel has character development that is extraordinary. Most young adults will easily identify with at least one person or theme.-Sharon Morrison, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK

Kirkus Reviews
A satisfying, entertaining and engaging story about six Canadian teenagers who travel by van from Toronto to Vancouver Island as part of a highly selective "annual, school-sponsored, eight-week study/camping trip." It's told from the point of view of 17-year-old Rainey, quick-witted and observant, an artist in search of a "practical/lucrative future" who, in spite of wearing a "swanky new prosthesis" on her left leg, doesn't let anything hold her back. Her summer is unexpectedly complicated by the news that her estranged mother has resurfaced after 16 years, lives in British Columbia and wants to see her. The self-named "Six-Pack" are mostly smart, interesting and diverse: Alain, a hockey-playing photographer, Meena, a wannabe veterinarian, etc. Family issues abound, overflow and sometimes tip into melodrama, but Waldorf's imaginative, often funny and breezy style makes for a captivating read instead of a teen soap opera. First love, first sex, roughing it, danger in the wilderness, group living and traveling across the country and back together contribute to Rainey's believable, growing sense of self. Teen readers will eagerly hitch a ride on this cross-country adventure. (Fiction. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780889954267
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
04/18/2009
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
HL780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Heather Waldorf is a counselor at a North York group home for adults with developmental disabilities. She earned her B.A. in fine arts studies at York University and her B.Ed. in adult education at Brock. This is her third YA novel, after Grist (2006) and Fighting the Current (2005), both of which garnered rave reviews. Heather hails from small-town Ontario but now lives in Toronto with Moose, her rambunctious golden retriever.

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Tripping 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has inspired me, It is my favorite book! The characters are extremely well developed and you really come to love every character and event that happens. I recommend this to all of my friends and family, It’s just sad that almost no one has read it! It deserves so much more attention!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book mainly for young Adult/teens. This is a great story and moved me a lot. It is very well written. After, the chapter it would always leave me with Cliff Hangers. I would read outher books by this author based of my experince with this one.
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