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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
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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.
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.Published on July 3 2004 by falconcenter13
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read morePublished on June 18 2004
IN THE STORY THE CAR BY GAREY PAUISEN HAD TO IEARN HOW TO BECOME A MECHANIC.GARY HAD IEARN HOW TO DRIVE STICK SHIFT GARY IEARNED HOW CHANGE PARTS . Read morePublished on June 18 2004
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. Read morePublished on June 18 2004
This is a great book that i would recomend to everyone this book makes you feel like you are right in the book. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004 by Jonathan Jackson
This is by far the most enticing book I've ever read. I'm 15 and that book has taught me alot. It has shown me that life isn't all fun and games, and that some things are really... Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by Matt Berg
If you are looking for a good, suspenseful, and adventurious novel to read, THE CAR by Gary Paulsen is a perfect book to read. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2003 by Nate