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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (116 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Polly Horvath Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When his mother decides on a whim to be a missionary in Africa and drags his unwilling father with her, Henry is left in the care of his Aunts Magnolia and Pigg. Henry’s sure they dislike him and he’s trying to keep his distance, but that becomes more difficult when Mag decides they should take a destination-less road trip. Mag, convalescing from an illness that makes her look like death, is downright crabby. Pigg, tense from driving, is becoming more assertive and less willing to submit to Mag’s whims. And while they poke each other, literally, Henry is finding it hard to keep his resolution.

They go to Virginia Beach (it’s too hot); try camping in the Everglades (Henry accidentally spends four days floating in a swamp); visit their daddy, Henry’s granddaddy (Henry’s never met him!); and lose Pigg to love in Oklahoma (what would the radio psychologist Daly Kramer say?) before they finally receive word that Henry’s parents are coming back and will meet them in Tulsa to finish the trip with Mag and Henry. But his parents are bickering and Henry is in despair, until he surrenders to the road and decides to let whatever happens happen, but to be there in it all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “At once poignant, funny, and wise, this book gives new meaning to the phrase, ‘The best journeys never end.’”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Horvath spins another delightfully offbeat yarn, complete with her signature cast of eccentric characters, wacky situations, poignant moments, and snappy dialogue. Another hit for Horvath.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A new offering from the queen of offbeat is always a welcome holiday.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anna | 1/18/2014

    " I thought this book was hilarious. The swamp scene was unforgetable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Morgan | 10/20/2013

    " This is a really good book and I actually like Pigg and Magnolia. Once you get halfway through an know more about them, they aren't bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Stephanie | 8/3/2013

    " Sad dysfunctional family saga that is not quirky enough to be likable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate | 7/31/2013

    " Great book, but I keep thinking I am still reading it. IDK why. But it was really good. "

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