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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt; 1 edition (Nov. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152058273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152058272
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In a starred review, PW praised the Newbery Honor author for "his ability to create flesh-and-blood characters" in this story about a 14-year-old who sets out on a road trip and meets up with a Vietnam vet. Ages 12-up. Another Paulsen title, Dancing Carl, is being released simultaneously by Aladdin; $3.95 ISBN 0-689-80410-5. Ages 9-12. (Oct.) q
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 6-9-Used to being ignored, Terry, 14, is now alone. His parents have abandoned their marriage, not realizing that they each made the decision at the same time. Armed with a great set of tools, some experience with engines, and a detailed set of instructions, he works night and day on a kit car that his father had begun to assemble in the garage. When the little convertible is complete, he decides to drive from Cleveland to Oregon, where an uncle lives. On the outskirts of town, heavy rain forces him to the roadside. There he is joined by the Shakespeare-quoting Waylon, who is seeking shelter from the storm. The Vietnam vet convinces Terry to let him ride along, and later they are joined by Waylon's army buddy, who rides a Harley Davidson. This curious trio tours the West, encountering hostile rednecks, residents of a religious commune, and a history-teaching hermit, among others. This novel features a simple plot and an easy-to-read text; an intense young boy on his own; and the unmistakable message that one must always continue to learn if one is going to survive. The characters are familiar, and to a degree predictable, but they will be interesting to YAs. Excluding several segments on engines, the action is brisk. Paulsen fans will enjoy the book; those with an interest in cars will love it.
Tim Rausch, Crescent View Middle School, Sandy, UT
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Jesse Morgan on May 15 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Car. The feel of a car driving down the road, the response of the engine as a pedal is pushed farther and farther to the floor, the feeling that you have nowhere to go, nobody to return home to, nothing to look at but the scenery around you describes what might be going through the head of fourteen year old Terry Anders while he was behind the wheel of his homemade kit car. You see, Terry never really got along with his parents; they were just there. They were just people who happened to live in the same house as him and who really could care less about the future of Terry. Typically, one day they don't come home. After a while they don't show up and in a freak coincidence, they both call, one after another, and saying that they are leaving. Many thoughts are going through Terry's head, and he eventually decides to finish building the kit car that was in the garage and sets out on a journey of a lifetime. On his journey, he meets people who accompany him on his ride, people who know the United States like the back of their hands. They show him places that aren't on the tourist maps, things that would be very hard to find by yourself. While I was reading this, it came to me that even though this book was a very good book, it came to me that none of this could happen in real life. Sure, maybe a 14 year old might be able to drive around the neighborhood in a car without any attention, but in real life this just wouldn't work. It would also be very hard for him to build it too. Despite all of this, the way that Gary Paulsen writes his novels captivates me every time. I have read many of his books, and in simpler terms, he puts his characters in trees and throws rocks at them.Read more ›
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Format: School & Library Binding
This book is about a fourteen-year-old child named Terry Anders who is abandoned by both of his parents. He doesn't want to just stay in the house, so what does he do? He starts assembling pieces of a kit car together known as the Cat. When Terry finishes the car, he sets out on a journey to find his uncle who lives in Portand. On the way, he picks up a wandering Vietnam veteran who teaches Terry about life on the road.
I really enjoyed reading this book because it made me think. It made me think not only about the road, it also made me think about life. Just think about this quote from the book,"The first call came almost exactly at eight o' clock. His mother called first. 'Terry, I'm not coming home. I can't take it any longer. I've taken all things. Tell your father I won't be there for him to fight any longer. You'll both have to do without me.' And she hung up. His father called just after nine.'Tell your mother I'm not coming back-I've got all my stuff, or everything I want. I'm sick of the whole thing.' And he hung up."
This book was full of deep moments like that. For instance, this quote,"He was alone. His name was Terry Anders. He was fourteen years old, living in Cleveland, Ohio, and his parents had left him.Of course it didn't happen quite that suddenly. It was true he could not exactly remember a happy time with his parents. He thought there might have been a few moments when he was a baby, but they weren't memories so much as feelings, or wishes about feelings he would have liked to have had."
My absolute favorite part of this book was when Terry was making the kit car and how he had to figure it all out by himself. It is my favorite part because it tells you how determined he was to make the kit car, eventhough both of his parents left him.
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By Jeff on Oct. 7 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Car, by Gary Paulsen, is a book that I really enjoyed and would recommend to people, mostly young adults.
Fourteen-year-old Terry Anderson is a boy living in Cleveland, Ohio where his parents have left him. He receives two phone calls from each of his parents saying that they can't stand each other and that they have left for good. Terry finds this a good thing because he now can do what ever he wants. He finds a car kit in his dad's garage for a 1974 Blakely Bearcat also known as "The Cat." He finds love in building this car and finally finishes.
Later he finds out that his dad's intention for "The Cat" was to go on a cross-country car ride to Portland, Oregon to find a long-lost uncle which Terry barely even knows. On the way, he first encounters a Vietnam War veteran trying to "learn" about life. Terry reluctantly decides to bring him along because he offered to pay for all of the expenses of the trip. Next they pick up two other Vietnam War veterans named Wayne and Walyon. What happens next in the book is what really captures me; the author uses tons of very vivid words to describe the beautiful landscape that they come across. The author during this time in the book makes you feel like you're actually in the car, driving with them through the rolling hills of the Rocky Mountains and the colorful foliage of the fall. On the ride to Portland, Wayne and Walyon get into some trouble with the police and have to split from the group. Once they reached Portland, Terry and the other Veteran split. Terry later finds his uncle. After some bonding Terry decides that he likes his uncle and chooses to stay in Portland with him.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it because of the excellent writing and gripping story line. This book appeals to young adult boys that like books that are hard to put down.
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