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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gretchen Olson Narrator: Ramón de Ocampo Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781456122317
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Oregon teenager and tennis champ Jeff McKenzie can’t wait for summer vacation. But when he decides to take his Bronco for a joyride on the Hamptons’ farm land, he gets into real hot water. As punishment Jeff is ordered to work on the farm for the first few weeks of summer. Getting up early and working with Mexican immigrants just doesn’t appeal to him. The only thing he looks forward to is seeing the Hamptons’ eldest daughter Alexa, who he is quickly falling for. Gradually he comes to appreciate the hardworking people laboring in the fields with him, and he even takes an interest in the strawberry harvest. But when a vandal strikes the farm, Jeff has a sneaking suspicion about who is responsible.

A story of tolerance and compassion, Joyride takes a long, hard look at prejudice and how it can poison human relationships. Narrator Ramón de Ocampo’s performance will stir young listeners as they toil alongside Jeff in the hot sun.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Olson presents issues concerning racism, migrant workers, and class distinctions in a realistic setting, and brings about a satisfying resolution.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Olson knows how to keep readers turning the pages.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 5/26/2013

    " A teen tennis star goes joyriding over a farm and is then sentenced to help the migrant farmers replant. This is the typical spoiled rich White boy falls for poor Hispanic girl. Some teen girls will like this, but I found it to be too cliche. "

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About the Author

Gretchen Olson is the award winning author of Call Me Hope and Joyride. She lives in Oregon.

About the Narrator

Ramón de Ocampo has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations. A graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, he has been seen on television, film, and stages all over the world, including recurring roles on such television shows as The West Wing, 12 Monkeys, Sons of Anarchy, and Medium. He is the winner of a prestigious Obie Award for his stage work.