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A Rambler Steals Home
by Carter Higgins


Overview - Garland, Derby, and Triple Clark spend each season traveling highways and byways in their Rambler--until summer, when small-town Ridge Creek, Virginia, calls them back. There they settle in, selling burgers and fries out of Garland's Grill after each game the Rockskippers play in their battered minor-league baseball stadium.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Garland, Derby, and Triple Clark spend each season traveling highways and byways in their Rambler--until summer, when small-town Ridge Creek, Virginia, calls them back. There they settle in, selling burgers and fries out of Garland's Grill after each game the Rockskippers play in their battered minor-league baseball stadium. Derby's summer traditions bring her closer than she's ever been to a real home that isn't on wheels, but this time, her return to Ridge Creek reveals unwelcome news. Now the person Derby loves most in town needs her help--and yet finding a way to do so may uncover deeply held stories and secrets.

Told in Derby's unforgettable voice, this warm-hearted debut novel is about taking risks, planting roots, and discovering the true definition of home.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780544602014
  • ISBN-10: 0544602013
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Publish Date: February 2017
  • Page Count: 224
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-12
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Sports & Recreation - Baseball
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-12-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

Higginss tender debut introduces Derby, who lives on the road with her father, Garland, and younger brother, Triple, operating a concession stand hitched to their Rambler trailer. Each summer finds the three returning to the same small Virginia town, where they sell food outside the minor league baseball stadium. Garland believes that being a rambler of the road meant three things: food, family, and fun, but their itinerant lifestyle means loneliness for Derby, rooted in the absence of her mother, who disappeared years ago. This year, the 11-year-old grapples with changes in her relationships with her best friend Marcus and nemesis Betsy, while uncovering secrets from the past. Derbys deep bond with Garland and Triple forms the heart of Higginss story, as does Derbys devotion to June, a recently widowed woman who works at the stadium. Through there are a few heavy-handed metaphors in Higginss narrative (with its peeling paint, Junes front door was one whose welcome had withered), readers will easily connect with the storys reflections on belonging, hope, family, and the meaning of home. Ages 1012. Agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content. (Feb.)

 
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