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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (251 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Polly Horvath Narrator: Becca Battoe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9780307706409
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In this beautiful follow-up to the highly acclaimed My One Hundred Adventures, Jane and her family have moved to Canada . . . but not for long. When her stepfather, Ned, is fired from his job as a high school French teacher (seems he doesn’t speak French), the family packs up and Jane embarks on a series of new adventures. At first, she imagines her family as a gang of outlaws, riding on horseback in masks, robbing trains, and traveling all the way to Mexico. But the reality is different: Setting off by car, they visit the tribe of Native Americans with whom Ned once lived, head to Las Vegas in search of Ned’s magician brother, and wind up spending the summer with his eccentric mother on her ranch out west. As Jane lives through it all—developing a crush on a ranch hand, reevaluating her relationship with Ned, watching her sister Maya’s painful growing up—she sees her world, which used to be so safe and secure, shift in strange and inconvenient ways.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, January 4, 2010: "A dynamic montage of dark and light moments"

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/8/2014

    " A bit scattered in some aspects, but I really like the characters and all of their struggles are so true to life. The ending was too too abrupt! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 2/7/2014

    " Fabulous author. Good plot. I really enjoyed this book. The writing is so excellent I'd want everyone to hear it, but some of the themes would stop me from sharing with less mature children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 2/5/2014

    " I enjoyed Northward to the Moon better than My One Hundred Adventures. Somehow Jane sounded more like a kid the second time around...or maybe I've just gotten used to her. Fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/5/2014

    " Great character development for several characters in the book - esp. the pre-teen narrator. Ending has an interesting twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherrie | 2/2/2014

    " Jane is ready for her whole family to hit the road - and their choice will lead them to many adventures with relatives and strangers alike. This book is told through the eyes of Jane. She wants an adventure, but it turns into a family reunion for Ned, her stepfather. When Ned gets a bag of money left from his brother they are off to find him, but can't so they head to Ned's mothers place. Ned's mother falls off a horse and is bed ridden, so Ned calls his sisters to come help. This turns into a family reunion for Ned. They all end up trying to help Ned's mother but they seem to forget to ask what Ned's mother wants. The characters in this book are very good and I enjoyed reading about their lives. Does Ned and his family get things worked out? You'll have to read the book to find out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Newport Librarians | 1/20/2014

    " This is a quirky tale that, despite all of its odd and barely believable plot twists, is emotionally pitch-perfect. When teenager Jane's stepfather Ned loses his job (he was teaching a language that he doesn't speak), the family decides to leave the prairies of Saskatchewan and return to coastal Massachusetts. But they take the long (as in looong) way around, traveling west to find a bag of cash hidden under an elderly First Nation woman's bed, then south to meet Ned's mother, who is the unlikely owner of a Nevada horse ranch. It's all whacky, but it all rings true, thanks to luminous writing by Polly Horvath. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Clark | 1/18/2014

    " Not as good as My One Hundred Adventures, but still.......... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Anne | 1/14/2014

    " A little bit of crazy fun. It helps to remember reading "My One Hundred Adventures". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pachyderm | 12/22/2013

    " Cannot wait to get started on this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindi | 12/11/2013

    " Boy, Polly Horvath can do characters! Jane, Maya, Dorothy, Ned, even the aunts are so vivid that I can picture them. Everyone acts true to their natures, as Horvath describes them. Excellent sequel to a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Cooperstein | 11/27/2013

    " While it maintains the charm of its predecessor, There is an element missing (which I can't quite figure out), that keeps it from being a classic young adult book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 9/17/2013

    " Our whole family listened to this on a trip and really enjoyed it. There must be another book coming, because it kind of left us hangin'. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alison | 7/22/2013

    " Too quirky and pointless to qualify as good juvenille fiction. Really stupid ending. Unfocused plot and character development throughout, and lacking an insightful narrator. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rodney Ross | 11/19/2012

    " horvath does a great job of making the mundane magical, she is a good writer, liked this better than the first one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie Stottlemyer | 9/2/2012

    " This was a 4 star book for me until the last line. What the heck? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 3/10/2012

    " Mostly kept my attention. Mostly interesting in most parts. Not a stunner, but I LOVED her other book, EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Tilatitsky | 12/23/2011

    " This book is very hard to explain in words. I mean, there are some parts of the book that are so real, yet there are some parts of the book that just make you wonder about things that that. Yet, this book is great. This is a great book. Read and enjoy. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorna | 6/23/2011

    " Full of crazy characters, humor, and insight into human nature, this totally unpredictable book almost got a 5 rating (4 1/2 because I wasn't sure about the ending). A follow-up story to My One Hundred Adventures which I adored. I am a fan of Polly Horvath. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/10/2011

    " This was a very good book! It was full of suspence especially at the end when it just says" The next day Ned was gone, and he left a note!" This book just makes you keep reading to find out what happens!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/21/2011

    " This book is very hard to explain in words. I mean, there are some parts of the book that are so real, yet there are some parts of the book that just make you wonder about things that that. Yet, this book is great. This is a great book. Read and enjoy. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 3/2/2011

    " While it maintains the charm of its predecessor, There is an element missing (which I can't quite figure out), that keeps it from being a classic young adult book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 2/14/2011

    " Our whole family listened to this on a trip and really enjoyed it. There must be another book coming, because it kind of left us hangin'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rodney | 1/15/2011

    " horvath does a great job of making the mundane magical, she is a good writer, liked this better than the first one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 12/30/2010

    " Mostly kept my attention. Mostly interesting in most parts. Not a stunner, but I LOVED her other book, EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/14/2010

    " Polly Horvath is one of my favorite middle grade writers. Like in her previous books, this one blends realism and complex characters with just enough whimsy to keep things surprising. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 10/24/2010

    " Ever since I read Everything on a Waffle I've thought I just loved Polly Horvath's writing, but it suddenly occurs to me that maybe I just love Everything on a Waffle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth/Sr. Elizabeth | 10/22/2010

    " Polly Horvath writes quirky books and I love her sense of humor as well as the tenderness in her books. This continues the story started in My One Hundred Adventures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 9/26/2010

    " I enjoyed Northward to the Moon better than My One Hundred Adventures. Somehow Jane sounded more like a kid the second time around...or maybe I've just gotten used to her. Fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 9/8/2010

    " for her fans this will be another good book, just never resonated with her stories or characters "

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About the Author
Author Polly HorvathMRS. BUNNY is the author of Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire! POLLY HORVATH is one of the most highly acclaimed authors writing today. Among her many books are The Canning Season (National Book Award winner and YA Canadian Book of the Year), Everything on a Waffle (Newbery Honor Book), The Trolls (National Book Award Finalist), My One Hundred Adventures (Amazon Best Book and multiple best of the year lists), Northward to the Moon (Oprah's Book Club Kid's Reading List, Parent's Choice Gold Award), and, most recently, One Year in Coal Harbor.
About the Narrator

Becca Battoe is a film and television actor, as well as an audiobook narrator. Her film roles include appearances on television shows such as Scrubs and Invasion. Other roles include Equity stage performances in Cats, Ug the Caveman Musical, and Shadow Hour. An AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, she is best known for her narration of the bestselling Fifty Shades Trilogy by E. L. James. She currently lives in Los Angeles.