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The Car [Paperback]

Gary Paulsen
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Nov. 1 2006
Fourteen-year-old Terry Anders is a 1990s Huck Finn, with parents as neglectful as Pap. Like Huck, he escapes, not on a raft but by constructing a kit car. “Besides evoking a type of independence and tough-mindedness that will appeal to teens, this provocative novel introduces and explores some interesting philosophies of life while stressing the value of learning from experience.”--Publishers Weekly

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars a true work of art July 3 2004
this novel doesnt only teach us a way of enjoying life but it shows us a kind of understanding which cannot be explained in a classroom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the car June 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In car by gary paulsen there were many interesting points the
book is about A cat car and A boy that does not know about stick
shifts.His Grandpa have to teach him to dcrive a car.I would
recomend this book to all kid's.
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2.0 out of 5 stars the car June 18 2004
By A Customer
in the car by gary paulsen there were manyinteing pointy.
terry got a car and he named the car the cat.
terryhada car accident and the car boken. so terry had to fix the cat
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE CAR June 18 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
TERRY's MOM AND DAD DIDN'T CARE ABOUT TERRY. TEERY HAD A JOB. HIS gob was to fix cars. He had a car to own. he tyed and tyed in to do it finally he made it. He was driving it and a guy in a truck and thre a glass bottle at the car wheel. the wheel popped and a little piece of glass hit terry's face. terry went to the gas stasten and saw the guy and he said" sorryto terry
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE CAR BY GARY PAUISON June 18 2004
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3.0 out of 5 stars THE CAR June 18 2004
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The car by gary paulson there were many interesing points Terry was driving and he got in a car accidentand the car flipped off a bridge. Terry went to the hospital because he broke his arm. I will like to tell you the ending but i would recomend this book to everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Car May 15 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book Even down to the Title March 11 2004
By Brenton
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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