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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,072 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steffan Piper Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ushered out from his Stockton, California home by his emotionally detached mother and her latest boyfriend, twelve year old Sebastien Ranes must fend for himself and travel two thousand miles across the country. He is on his way to live with his grandmother and sister in Pennsylvania. Along the way, he will learn that sometimes caring, guidance and understanding can come from some unlikely people.

Marcus, a fellow bus passenger, is a man who has been neglected more by society than his family. As a young black ex-con, he is not the epitome of the person most would pick as a chaperone for their child’s cross country trip. Yet rather than be held apart by their differences, Marcus and Sebastien are drawn together by the things that make us all alike.

Along the way, Marcus acts as both guide and protector, as Virgil was to Dante and Jim to Huck Finn. Imparting his own style of wisdom, he shows Sebastien that, despite the darker parts of the human condition, people can and do care for one another.

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  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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