Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Field Trip by Gary Paulsen, Jim Paulsen

Are you ready for another road trip with Ben and his dad?  Last time they went out, they came home with a puppy.  Will they be doing that again?

Wendy Lamb Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 4th, so you can grab a copy then.

Ben is thinking it will be a interesting trip with just he and his dad and the two dogs.  When someone is sleeping in back of the company rig (an old ice cream truck with an ice cream cone on the roof), he scares Ben but he knows Ben's dad.  It seems he's his dad's new work partner since Ben has been so busy with hockey.  Then a couple more kids show up.  Ben's dad is very gregarious and giving and soon the whole group takes off on an adventure together.

Meanwhile, Ben is pouting because he wanted to go to the special hockey academy and his parents decided it was too unproven and too far away from home.  This road trip is to hook him up with his classes field trip and that's where the other two students are going, too.  As is usual, nothing works out as planned.

Ben's dad stops at all estate sales he sees.  Ben gets the older boy to drive for a while and takes him to the hockey competition.  Ben sneaks in and does the hockey testing and does well.  But his dad isn't happy.

As is true in most families, they need to talk about boundaries (for both the boy and his parents) and work together to get harmony.  They manage that, and they also manage to find another border collie puppy.  Imagine that!?!

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