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3.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 5 3.70 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steffan Piper Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781469243245
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Sebastien Ranes’s single mom and her feckless boyfriend can’t be bothered to take care of a stuttering twelve-year-old. Banished to live with his grandmother on the far side of the country, the boy can barely understand a bus schedule when he gets dumped at the Greyhound station in Stockton, California. Given $35 and a one-way ticket to Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sebastien must cross the country – alone, without a clue how to fend for himself. Filled with youthful anger and naïveté, Sebastien heads out into the “Morning in America” of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s, encountering temperamental bus drivers, charming, shifty, and downright dangerous strangers, the music of Daryl Hall and John Oates, and an ex-con named Marcus, who takes the boy under his wing. In an unforgettable trek that evokes Oliver Twist and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the unlikely pair lurch from one misadventure to another, tumbling toward an elusive understanding of where and how, in a troubling world, to look for light. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This remarkable trip is one readers will not want to see end.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raina | 2/14/2014

    " A good, easy read. A kind of coming of age story in which the main character's revelations take place and life lesson are learned over the course of a 3 day Greyhound bus ride across country solo. The author's use of the word "rejoined" was excessive and borderline obnoxious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doreen Fritz | 2/6/2014

    " The book opens with a young boy (12) waiting sleeplessly in his room for his mom and her new boyfriend to come back. He is all packed, ready for a trip across the country. But this isn't a fun vacation -- his mother is sending him on a Greyhound bus from Stockton, California to Altoona, Pennsylvania. Chain-smoking and impatient, she can't wait to dump him so that she can run off to get married (again) without being bogged down by her son. Sebastien is shy, he stutters, he knows nothing about bus schedules or transfers, and he begins the trip with only the $35 his mother reluctantly gives him. His inner voice expresses the anger and frustration with his mom, but he has gotten used to keeping his thoughts to himself, as he remembers beatings, ridicule, and other consequences of speaking up. Somehow Sebastien is taken under the wing of Marcus, an ex-con also traveling cross-country, and the two of them share adventures, dangers, and a growing knowledge of how to work the Greyhound system -- where to sit on the bus, where to eat at the stops, and how to deal with the drivers. This book has been compared to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and I would agree. Marcus is like Jim in his wisdom (or is it just life experience and street smarts?) Some of the best parts come during the conversations that Sebastien and Marcus share about life, troubles, literature, the future, and so on. It's also enjoyable to read about the "world of Greyhoune" (history!), and the places they visit - each stop seems to have its own culture, which the author represents in the characters these two encounter along the way. A question I had at the end - is this autobiographical? (the question sparked by the photo of a young boy, dated "circa 1981" accompanied by the specific dates that are spread throughout the book. Hmmmm.....) All in all, this was a great "vacation read," and a quality representative of the "road trip" genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Sieloff simpson | 1/24/2014

    " Loved this story. So much to be sad about but they way it's written I was left heartfelt and uplifted. I enjoyed this journey and these characters. Very easy read. Makes I look at buses a little differently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia Markhart | 1/19/2014

    " Not my favorite book. First one by this author. The very idea of putting an 11 yr old child on a bus headed cross country is appalling. I did like the way that the boy worked through his anger and how he got even with his mother. Had some tense moments in the story. Having a companion for most of the trip made it less belieavable, but more interesting. Nothing that I thought would happen..like missing a bus connection or losing his luggage...did. Relieved when he finally made it to his grandparents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela Levine | 1/17/2014

    " This is the story of a 12 year old boy Sebastien who is put on a greyhound bus to travel alone across the country. He meets an ex-con Marcus & the two of them hit it off & they travel together. There are many adventures along the way. Marcus helps Sebastien deal with his horrible mother - who ran off to marry someone who didn't want to take on Sebastien. Sebastien learns a lot about music & life from Marcus & turns from a young boy into a young man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynnek | 1/8/2014

    " What a great book! The story of a boy who is put on a bus to travel across country to go live with his grandparents. The story follows him and all that happens and the people he meets while making his trip. I loved it! One of my favorite books of the year so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hattie L. | 1/3/2014

    " dicey at some scenes but really good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 12/30/2013

    " I think that adolescents from dysfunctional families could easily connect to Sebastian, the twelve year-old protagonist in the book. Although there were many dramatic events,the descriptions of the various Greyhound Stations were my favorite parts of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 12/17/2013

    " Wish I could have read this book when I was 14. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia Kearney | 12/13/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. The story was touching, heartwarming and at the same time sad. I loved being on the bus with this wonderful child and his friend Marcus. It's remarkable how an experience like this can change your life forever... Good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 12/7/2013

    " A really well written story. Insightful. Doesn't entice me to take a bus trip, though. Especially won't sit in the rear seats. I kept waiting for something awful to happen - must be the books I've been reading. The story wrapped up nicely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Mikos | 12/6/2013

    " I kinda want to read it again it was so good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Pashlin | 11/28/2013

    " Such a well told story about a 12 year old boy who is dumped on a Greyhound bus by his irresponsible whorish mother to travel across country alone to his grandparents home.........the people he meets and the misadventures. A really enjoyable quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashleygary2010 | 11/27/2013

    " Vastly different from the books I usually read. Awesome and well written. This book is definetly a must-read even for those who typically don't like "present" day stuff. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matt | 10/20/2013

    " Almost a boring monologue. The author is not there yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Newton | 10/15/2013

    " Enjoyed the book, but confused as to whether or not it's based on a true story. Author's dedication and biography don't seem to match up. Still a great read either way! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Glory | 9/27/2013

    " 1/2 star. Stuck on a plane, no 3g to get a better book kind of read. Fave quote: "Even the angry girls need love." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark K.Astley | 9/25/2013

    " A road story! Fairly conventional easy read.. At heart its a feel good story.. Okay!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget Johnson | 6/21/2013

    " Good coming of age story about a 12 year old boy. Was written from his perspective - good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 2/19/2013

    " Great read! Simple yet brings you through many emotions. Have recommended to many friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathidfsmc | 2/18/2013

    " I thought this was a delightful book. The 12 year old narrator was realistic and charming. I loved all of the life lessons and the sweet ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruthann | 2/8/2013

    " Eleven-year-old Sebastian is put on a bus in California to travel alone to his grandparent's home in Pennsylvania. The harrowing events he experiences along the way teach him about life and friendship. I would rate this for young adult and older. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 12/26/2012

    " A really great book. The end was a little predictable, but the journey as not; much like an actual bus ride. "

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About the Author

Steffan Piper was born in Pennsylvania and raised in England and various parts of Alaska. During his time in Alaska, the mayor of Nome asked him to “leave and never return,” due to a minor misunderstanding. Steffan currently lives in Palm Desert, on the outskirts of Los Angeles with his family.

About the Narrator

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.