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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (161 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Paulsen, Jim Paulsen Narrator: Mike Chamberlain, John H. Mayer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9780385361446
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Dad and Ben haven’t been getting along recently and Dad hopes a road trip to rescue a border collie will help them reconnect. Having caught on to Dad’s plan, Ben invites his thuggish buddy, Theo. The family dog, Atticus, comes along, too and the story is told by Ben and Atticus. When their truck breaks down, they commandeer an old school bus, along with its mechanic, Gus. Next, they pick up Mia, a waitress escaping a tense situation. Only sharp-eyed Atticus realizes Theo is on the run, and someone is following them.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The authors score on all fronts: they set an entertainingly frenzied pace, provide twists aplenty, create true dialogue that blends humor and pathos, and bring together a close-knit ensemble.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, November 26, 2012:
    “The authors score on all fronts: they set an entertainingly frenzied pace, provide twists aplenty, create true dialogue that blends humor and pathos, and bring together a close-knit ensemble.”

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/31/2014

    " I hate to admit that this is my first Gary Paulsen book. Road Trip is interesting. My 11-yr-old read it first and when I asked her what it was about, she had a hard time telling me. Now I know why. It's mish-mash of crazy people and events over two days as a father and son hit the road to rescue a border collie pup from a dog pound. It's very short, only 114 pages but a lot is crammed in there. What I liked best about it is the voice of 14-yr-old Ben. I was seeing the world through a teenager's perspective and it was eye-opening. A quick, fun read that I'm sure fans of Paulsen will enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicki | 1/31/2014

    " I am a big fan of Gary Paulsen. I usually really enjoy his books. This one was good, but not as good as others I've read. It is simple and enjoyable. I love the parts that are from the dog's point of view. :) It would be a good, easy read when you don't feel like a heavy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/29/2014

    " Road Trip is a light adventure story bringing a cast of quirky characters, a dog together and a bus on a quest to rescue border collie pup. This is a new Paulsen father/son collaboration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Maust | 1/20/2014

    " Gary and his son make a good team. Short but great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethe | 1/13/2014

    " 2 border collies on the cover - I can't resist! Great author's note at the beginning but the rest of the book reads a bit like a hi-lo/reluctant reader type of book, which cost it a star. I wish Paulsen would have fleshed out the dog parts more and had less of the mile a minute action. Little bit of a surprise at the end. The 128 pages begs to be in elementary school, but I think it's a better fit for middle and high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/10/2014

    " Good choice for reluctant boy readers. Short in length, but addresses many middle school themes. Loved the sections from the dog's point of view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 1/1/2014

    " Hard not to like a book about rescuing a dog! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn Shtadtlender | 12/3/2013

    " Finally a happy dog book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/20/2013

    " Good story. The dog, Atticus, has short chapters of his own where he shares his insights into how the humans are acting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/10/2013

    " Solid read. Main character is 14 and there are lots of issues that could place this book more in the YA section. However, it is tame and I think 10+ is a good age group for this. Lots of laughs in this book and a pretty darn good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 10/19/2013

    " Not his best work. Mature subjects but readability and cover will appeal to middle schoolers. A few humorous scenes with drag race between police and Dad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 10/17/2013

    " Not one of Paulsen's best, but if you like dogs, you will enjoy the comments by the main character's dog Atticus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia E Sherman | 6/5/2013

    " This is a fun book to read. It is fast paced, and the author really understand the characters and how they think and act. This is a must read as there is never a dull moment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzette Hawkins | 5/20/2013

    " A really entertaining adventure. Need to keep reading to find out what would happen next. Very appropriate for Juvenile's. Just plain fun,and a great book for dog lovers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose Ann | 4/19/2013

    " I didn't even finish this! It is simply not up to the standard I have come to expect from this usually wonderful author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 4/15/2013

    " Super cute! A dog book and no dog dies! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drennan | 3/21/2013

    " Father and son take off with 2 offbeat friends and a dog in a schoolbus to pick up a rescue puppy. The story is fast-paced, with funny characters getting into crazy situations.T he chapters alternate between the dog and the son narrating the road trip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/19/2013

    " Cute. Not much to it. I liked the bits from Atticus's perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonja | 3/15/2013

    " Quick, clean, fun story about a father and son trek to rescue a dog. At first, their only companion is their current dog, but events pull others into their journey and the road trip becomes about finding home in many different senses. "

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About the Author
Author Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor Books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. He won the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the ALA for his lifetime achievement in young adult literature. He divides his time between his home in Alaska, his ranch in New Mexico, and his sailboat on the Pacific Ocean

About the Narrators

Mike Chamberlain is an actor and voice-over performer in Los Angeles whose audiobook narration has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards. His voice credits range from radio commercials and television narration to animation and video game characters. Stage trained at Boston College, he has performed works from Shakespeare and the classics to contemporary drama and comedy.

John H. Mayer is a writer, actor, and audiobook narrator. In 1973, he cowrote Radio Rocket Boy, an award-winning short film. He also has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including American Lion and The Wolf Tree, among many others.