Monday, May 09, 2005

Car Trouble by Jeanne DuPrau

Last week I got two preview books in the mail. The one I really enjoyed was Car Trouble by Jeanne DuPrau. This was a funny book about Duff, a recent high school graduate who wants to be on his own so much that he sets off alone to drive most of the way across the country to start a new job in California. But his used car doesn't last beyond the first day. Duff has a choice: should he call his parents (and listen to them say, "I told you so") or try to figure out how to make his way on his own.

Well, as you can guess, Duff makes his own way in the world and meets a few people along the way including a hitchhiking surfer and the daughter of a scam artist! You may recognize the author's name because she wrote the popular City of Ember and its follow-up The People of Sparks. I haven't read those two but I know they are more science fiction and her new book is definitely humorous realistic fiction! So, if you like the sound of that, keep an eye out for Car Trouble when it's released later this year.