As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth
by Lynne Rae Perkins
Ry is travelling to camp by train but gets stranded in a small town in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile Ry's parents are off on a trip leaving his grandfather to take care of the house and dog. But for some reason Ry can't contact his grandfather. He won't or can't answer the phone. And so begin Ry's adventures as he tries to get back to his family by any means possible: truck, car, plane, boat and train. A quirky and enjoyable story.
Okay for Now
by Gary D. Schmidt
Doug Swieteck comes from a family with troubles. His Dad has changed and lost his job, his brother gets into trouble and the family is waiting for Doug's oldest brother to come home from Vietnam, hopefully in good health.
They move to a run down house in a small town and Doug tries to fit in. It's not easy. This is a heart warming tale illustrated with the drawings from John James Audubon's Birds of America. It's a story of friendship, creativity, perseverence and survival.