Charlie and his family are on the road again -- this time to spend a year in the South of France. Unhappy at first, not wanting to leave his friends, his school and big-city life, Charlie soon finds himself caught up in the new adventures in their little village of Celeriac. He runs through the streets chased by bulls, survives an autumn flood and a winter blizzard, and discovers the pleasures of French cuisine, including snails, donkey sausage and runny cheese that smells like the boys' locker room.Most of all, Charlie and his little brother, Max, grow fond of their neighbors -- the man who steals ducks from the local river, the neighbor's dog who sleeps right in the middle of the street, and their new friends Rachid and Ahmed, who teach them how to play soccer in the village, where the goal is the open door of the church.
As a bonus, there's a hilarious driving trip through Spain in their sardine-can car.
In the end, Charlie discovers the bittersweet joys of living in a new place. Part of me wanted to stay, he says. Part of me wanted to go. I guess that's the way it is with traveling . . .
A wonderful sequel to the immensely popular Travels with My Family.
- ISBN-13: 9781554980871
- ISBN-10: 1554980879
- Publisher: Groundwood Books
- Publish Date: April 2011
- Dimensions: 8.38 x 5.78 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.44 pounds
- Page Count: 144
- Reading Level: Ages 8-11