08-09-22

7hrs 37min

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08-09-22

7hrs 37min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction

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“Hazel is innocent, wise, trusting, loving, capable, creative—and a total delight; readers will root for her all the way.” Kirkus Reviews

Hitch a ride with eleven-year-old Hazmat and her dad in their eighteen-wheeler, Leonardo, for a feel-good road trip across America that keeps on trucking!

Life on the road with Daddy is as good as gets for Hazmat. Together, they’ve been taking jobs and crisscrossing the US for years. Now Daddy’s talking about putting down roots—somewhere Hazmat can go to a real school and make friends. Somewhere Daddy doesn’t have to mail-order textbooks about “nature’s promise to all women.” Somewhere Mom’s ashes can rest on a mantel and not on a dashboard.

While everything just keeps changing, sometimes in ways she can’t control, Hazmat isn’t ready to give up the freedom of long-distance hauling. Sure the road is filled with surprises, from plane crashes and robo trucks, to runaway hitchhikers and abandoned babies, but that all makes for great stories! So Hazmat hatches a plan to make sure Daddy’s dream never becomes a reality. Because there’s only one place Hazmat belongs: in the navigator’s seat, right next to Daddy, with the whole country flying by and each day different from the last.

Award–winning author Louise Hawes writes with an easy, conversational voice and an “I’ll never grow up” spirit that cheerfully thumbs its nose at traditional coming-of-age narratives. This heart-tugging, laugh-out-loud portrait of a father and daughter is a satisfying journey across modern America you won’t want to miss.

Praise

“Hazel is innocent, wise, trusting, loving, capable, creative—and a total delight; readers will root for her all the way.” Kirkus Reviews

“Hawes’ breezy tale will capture readers’ attention, piquing their interest through highway high jinks.” Booklist

“Woven with hilarity, tenderness, and the chaos of life on the road, Big Rig is a charming novel about growing up." Foreword Reviews

"Hazel’s loving relationship with her father forms the core of this unusual road-trip adventure.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Hawes sketches the close relationship between navigator daughter and driver father as well as the memorable cast they find on the road…The heroine charms completely, as does this portrait of life on the road.” Publishers Weekly

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Language English
Release Day Aug 8, 2022
Release Date August 9, 2022
Release Date Machine 1660003200
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life, Vehicles & Transportation, Children/YA, Children 8-12, Fiction - All, Fiction - Child
Author Bio
Louise Hawes

Louise Hawes is a teacher and the author of more than a dozen novels for readers of all ages. She has served as writer in residence at the University of New Mexico and the Women’s University of Mississippi. She was also a John Grisham Visiting Writer at the University of Mississippi. She helped found the MFA degree program in writing for children and young adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she is a teacher. Follow her on Twitter @LouiseHawes; on Instagram @Hawes252; and visit her on the web at LouiseHawes.com.

Narrator Bio
Jesse Vilinsky

Jesse Vilinsky is a classically trained actress and voice actor, having graduated from the USC School of Dramatic Arts and BADA in London. She has lent her voice to numerous film and television projects and has worked on various video games, animation, and commercial projects as well. As a narrator, Jesse has garnered recognition in AudioFile magazine for her expertly voiced characters and ability to bring forth the strength and truth of their stories.

Overview

Hitch a ride with eleven-year-old Hazmat and her dad in their eighteen-wheeler, Leonardo, for a feel-good road trip across America that keeps on trucking!

Life on the road with Daddy is as good as gets for Hazmat. Together, they’ve been taking jobs and crisscrossing the US for years. Now Daddy’s talking about putting down roots—somewhere Hazmat can go to a real school and make friends. Somewhere Daddy doesn’t have to mail-order textbooks about “nature’s promise to all women.” Somewhere Mom’s ashes can rest on a mantel and not on a dashboard.

While everything just keeps changing, sometimes in ways she can’t control, Hazmat isn’t ready to give up the freedom of long-distance hauling. Sure the road is filled with surprises, from plane crashes and robo trucks, to runaway hitchhikers and abandoned babies, but that all makes for great stories! So Hazmat hatches a plan to make sure Daddy’s dream never becomes a reality. Because there’s only one place Hazmat belongs: in the navigator’s seat, right next to Daddy, with the whole country flying by and each day different from the last.

Award–winning author Louise Hawes writes with an easy, conversational voice and an “I’ll never grow up” spirit that cheerfully thumbs its nose at traditional coming-of-age narratives. This heart-tugging, laugh-out-loud portrait of a father and daughter is a satisfying journey across modern America you won’t want to miss.

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