Crossing Montana

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9780823416431: Crossing Montana

While looking for her grandfather who is missing, teenaged Callie examines her father's longtime absence and its damaging effects on her family.

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Laura is a best-selling, award-winning author of books for teens and pre-teens, both fiction and non-fiction. Her books have sold millions of copies and are considered staples in the how-to industry. Due to the popularity of her how-to books and magazine articles, she has been called the “Queen of Tween.” She also writes young adult novels. Her latest, Crossing Montana, earned a starred review from Booklist and Kirkus reviews called it “absorbing and powerful.” In addition to being a freelance writer and crafter, she has worked as a journalist, a book and magazine editor. She is a popular speaker at writing conferences and in schools because of her diverse publishing experience (including once having to write herself a rejection letter) and successes with fiction, non-fiction, editing, product development and art. Currently, she appears on Oodleboxtv.com as the Kids Korner guru. Here you will find how-to videos of crafts and activities you can do with your kids. Her blog, Craftsomnia, is an eclectic mix of creative ideas and inspiration for your crafty side.

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Grade 7-10 Callie's mother rushes the 10th grader and her 9-year-old brother, Stink, from their home in Washington to Idaho because their grandfather is missing. From clues he had given her in the past and seeing that his favorite fishing gear is gone, Callie assumes he has headed to a special spot on the Gallatin River, and she decides to search for him, in secret. She takes her mother's car and some money and begins her journey to Montana, only to discover that Stink has stowed away in the trunk. Ultimately, she finds her grandfather, drunk and unruly, trying to swipe a prime fishing spot on the river. Her romantic interest, Raf, shows up in the nick of time to rescue her and encourages her to return home. Told in flashbacks, the story involves a parallel plot about Callie's father, who left on a trip across Montana when she was small and then died in an automobile crash. This is as much a book about Callie seeking answers and closure over his absence and death as it is a quest for her missing grandfather. Characters are adequately drawn but some elements of the plot seem implausible, created simply to get Callie to Montana to learn the truth about her father-his "accident" was actually suicide. Han Nolan's Dancing on the Edge (Harcourt, 1997), Norma Fox Mazer's Girlhearts (2001), and Sharon Creech's Walk Two Moons (1994, both HarperCollins) are superior books about teenagers leading difficult lives while seeking the truth about themselves and missing parents. -Diane P. Tuccillo, City of Mesa Library, AZ Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. (School Library Journal)

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