Audience:Children: Age (years) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 3 - 7
Dimensions:8.29in x 6.35 x 0.97 in | 0.88 lb
Page Count:272 pages
● A FATHER-DAUGHTER ROAD TRIP WITH ACTION TUCKED IN: Whether they’re rescuing a kitten from a plane crash, discovering an abandoned baby, or hauling away buckets of ice-cream from a reefer meltdown, Hazmat and Daddy encounter plenty of page-turning plot points. Life on the road isn’t without its quirks and wild stories!
● LOTS OF LAUGHS AND AGE-APPROPRIATE TRUCKING LINGO: Give me a “10!” Give me a “4!” Now, together! Hop up in the cabin of Leonardo, Daddy’s refurbished 18-wheeler (a classic long-nosed Peterbilt) and buckle in for bouts of chuckles. Who’d ever try to sneak a road cat into the Peabody Hotel duck march? Meet Hazmat. 11-years-old, strong-willed, and envelope-pushing breaker of rules.
● A TOUCHING, WARMHEARTED EXPLORATION OF GRIEF AND SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES: You can bet your mud flaps you’ll be cruising toward a cathartic end laden with musical language, good friendship, and just a brush of magical realism to let you decide for yourself whether or not spirits are real.
● PAGE-TURNING TENSION ROOTED IN CURRENT EVENTS: How’s Hazmat ever going to grow up to buy her own truck if the whole profession’s at risk from self-driving tech? Pull up and park yourself in front of Louise Hawes’s moving portrait of a modern, hard-working American family and find out.
● THREE-DIMENSIONAL SUPPORTING CAST: Hazmat and Daddy encounter all kinds of wonderful characters along the way, each with their own well-crafted histories, problems, and dreams.
“Woven with hilarity, tenderness, and the chaos of life on the road, Big Rig is a charming novel about growing up.”—Foreword Reviews
“There are hilarious moments, some mysticism, and heart-stopping adventures…. Hazel is innocent, wise, trusting, loving, capable, creative—and a total delight; readers will root for her all the way…. An unusual modern picaresque romp with a lovely message.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Hawes’ breezy tale will capture readers’ attention, piquing their interest through highway high jinks and keeping them wondering about where Hazmat’s adventures will take them next. An original tweak on the road trip story.” —Booklist