When I Hit the Road

ISBN: 9781492640257

Published: 05/05/2020

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From the award-winning author of This Journal Belongs to Ratchet comes an uplifting, hilarious, illustrated middle grade story about a girl on a madcap road trip. Told in journal entries, When I Hit the Road explores making unexpected friends, multigenerational relationships, and finding out that maybe journaling your adventures isn't so bad after all.

Samantha is not exactly excited to spend her entire summer vacation in Florida with her grandma. Or to have to write to her future self in the journal her mom insists she use. But it turns out that Gram has some not-so-boring plans up her sleeve…

Gram and her friend Mimi are going to audition for the Seniors Have Got Talent Karaoke Contest!

A road trip in Gram's new Mustang turns into a series of hilarious mishaps that flip Samantha's summer on its head, especially because, an unexpected person is sharing the ride: a super cute, muscular, athletic-looking, dimple-faced, middle-school boy named Brandon.

It looks like her journal might be worth keeping after all because this summer will be one Samantha will never want to forget.

Follow along with Sam, Gram, Mimi and Brandon in all their road trip shenanigans, including:
  • A GIANT alligator and the grossest swamp mud you'll ever see
  • The safe-haven Glory Bound Baptist Church (and cat burglar)
  • The hilarious (and terrifying) Kooky Karaoke Contest
  • The Friendly Fill-up Gas Station (and the Restroom of Horror)
  • And more
  • Perfect for summer reading, middle school girls, and students grades 3rd to 8th that want a fun, lighthearted read!



    “A wild, lighthearted exploration of a summer trip to remember. ...A perfect beach read.” - Kirkus Reviews

    “Young readers excitedly anticipa...

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    Format: Hardcover

    Length: 8.25 in
    Width: 5.5 in
    Weight: 0.00 oz
    Page Count: 304 pages


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