"What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others is, and remains, immortal."
Mikey Wright is a normal 13-year-old. With normal problems. Until the day he finds out his dad has cancer. "Getaway Day" chronicles Mikey's journey to save his father's life and learn the meaning of his own. His journey to help his father takes him from the safety and security of his home town to Anaheim, Chicago, and back down Route 66. Along the way, he's helped by some ordinary and extraordinary folks. Each one has something to teach Mikey about fathers and sons, growing up, family, and home.
His efforts are thwarted at every turn, until Mother Nature steps up to the plate. When a freak storm deluges the Bay Area and forces postponement of the 1962 World Series and makes it impossible to practice in nearby San Francisco, the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants make arrangements to work out in nearby Modesto. Mikey is inches from making his father's dream come true when an encounter with his high school arch-nemesis threatens to ruin all of his work. Join Mikey as he learns selflessness and the power of believing. He discovers that expectations aren't real, loneliness is absolute, change is inevitable, and laughter is essential. Ultimately, he learns that growing up means letting go.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Ken White is a designer, writer, and producer of interactive and entertainment projects, print, television commercials, corporate communications, and new media for companies in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan, including Sony Corporation, Lucasfilm Ltd., Levi Strauss & Co., the E & J Gallo Winery, ABC Sports, KQED of San Francisco, Robert Mondavi Winery, and the Walt Disney Company.
He received his A.A. degree at Modesto Junior College, his B.A. and teaching credential at UC Davis, and his M.A. at San Francisco State University. He has taught mass communications and film appreciation at Modesto Junior College.
Born in Lathrop and raised in Modesto, California, he continues to live in his home town. He is married to Robin and has two adult step-sons, Tyler and Eric. He is the author of two novels, fourteen screenplays, one sitcom pilot, and one stage play. Most of his stories are about his home town and the Central Valley heartland.
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
I really enjoyed this story. Although written as a piece of fiction geared toward a younger reading audience, the author's many references to historical landmark events kept the story line realistic without dragging down the action. My only negative criticism would have to be in regard to a paranormal-type episode that occurs during a road trip taken by Mikey, his aunt, and an elderly gentleman who encourages Mikey to never give up on his dream of delivering Mickey Mantle to his father.
One would be utterly heartless to not find this book charming. It may be classified as a Young Adult novel, but it's rather better written than 90% of the books in that genre. Getaway Day has charm without becoming maudlin, and adventure without becoming frantic. Ken White has created a fine read which comfortably takes its place amidst that most honored of American genres: Baseball as Metaphor for the Meaning of Life. Well done. Arthur Petticrew, San Francisco Book Review
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Tate Publishing, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111629949159
Book Description Tate Publishing. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 1629949159 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # XM-1629949159