|Car, the (1994) [Novel]|
by Gary Paulsen
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(From the publisher):
Fourteen-year-old Terry Anders is on his own, both parents gone. But as Terry begins to assemble the scattered pieces of a kit car – a Blakely Bearcat, or “the Cat,” as he comes to think of it – thoughts of adventure also come together. When the Cat is finished (and actually works) Terry sets off from Cleveland to Portland in search of an uncle he barely remembers.
As Terry waits out a storm on the outskirts of town, he is joined by Shakespeare-quoting Waylon Jackson, a forty-five-year-old wanderer, who when asked what he is doing, simply says: “I am learning.” Despite Terry’s initial misgivings, he allows the Vietnam vet to join him and, ultimately, guide him on his own adventure of learning.
Listening to an ancient old man who speaks history as if he were an eyewitness, dining at a fundamentalist commune, and visiting Custer’s Last Stand, Terry begins opening up to new people and new experiences. And he discovers that although you can never fully understand, you can always question, and wonder, and want to know.
Original title: The Car
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Adventure
Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Teens