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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781429935067336 Pages, Ages 10-13
Summertime and the livin' ain't easy
School's finally out, and eleven-year-old Mitch Valentine is ready to get started on his extensive list of things to do with his best friend - until his mom ruins everything with a surprise announcement. The family is going to take a long trip halfway across the country, to stay with her family down South. Mitch's reluctant summer visit to sweltering farm country tests him in all sorts of ways, starting with his sense of humor. Pitkin, Louisiana, turns out to be a place filled with challenges and dangers, from rope burns to raging bulls.
In this vivid and funny first novel, Mitch discovers that it's his own bad decisions that can make for the biggest challenges and dangers of all.
Louisiana YR Choice Book Award Master Li, IRA Children's Book Award Notable Book, New Mexico Land of Enchantment ML, New Mexico Land of Enchantment Master List, Louisiana YR Choice Book Award Master List