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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: November 2005 ISBN: 9780307282378
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From the author of the Newbery Honor Book Everything on a Waffle

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.

Complete with her signature cast of eccentric characters, absurd situations, and heartfelt moments, Polly Horvath writes an on-the-road epic like no other! Download and start listening now!

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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 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 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 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 Kate | 7/31/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 5/19/2012

    " Another delightful book by Polly Horvath. I love the vocabulary; every so often, a word pops out at me and I realize that young adult books don't have to only use simple language. There's nothing predictable about this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beckett | 5/15/2012

    " WHAT is up with him reading with a lisp if a woman's talking? (I'm listening to it on CD);it's really frustrating, annoying, and a little offensive. I thought just little kids did that??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 4/6/2012

    " A boy is stuck visiting his aunts while his parents go on a trip to Africa. Things get more exciting when his aunts decide to go on their own road trip. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alberto | 1/2/2012

    " One of my favorite childhood books. I read it when I was 10 and I still remember how much I love this book. Very funny and adventurous "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evelyn | 8/11/2011

    " This is a really good book on family and a boy's struggles! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 8/9/2011

    " I like the author's matter-of-fact style and the way this book rambled like a road trip. It was a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 6/3/2011

    " Polly Horvath never fails to be a genius. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/13/2011

    " 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 Morgan | 9/16/2010

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 6/27/2010

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evelyn | 9/7/2009

    " This is a really good book on family and a boy's struggles! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr. Steve | 5/28/2009

    " This is one wacky road trip! Oddball humor when Henry goes on a road trip with two eccentric aunts, Pigg and Mag.

    I'm not sure I got the humor in this book very much, but I know of two 7th graders who thought this book was very funny. I'm not one of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 2/26/2009

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 12/2/2008

    " This book is the book i am reading for readers workshop. i havent been reading it lately. its ok. nuthin special. dont feel compelled to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beckett | 10/24/2008

    " WHAT is up with him reading with a lisp if a woman's talking? (I'm listening to it on CD);it's really frustrating, annoying, and a little offensive. I thought just little kids did that??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 10/6/2008

    " A boy is stuck visiting his aunts while his parents go on a trip to Africa. Things get more exciting when his aunts decide to go on their own road trip. "

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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

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered numerous Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.