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Big Rig
By (author): Louise Hawes
Louise Hawes

Imprint:

Peachtree

ISBN:

9781682632529

Product Form:

Hardcover
Hardcover
English

Audience:

Children: Age (years) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 3 - 7
Aug 09, 2022
$22.99 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8.29in x 6.35 x 0.97 in | 0.88 lb

Page Count:

272 pages
Holiday House
Peachtree
JUVENILE FICTION / Transportation / Cars & Trucks
Hitch a ride with 11-year-old Hazmat and her dad in their 18-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.
 

Story Locale: Modern US highways: I-10, I-44, I-55, 15 S, 15-501 S, 27, 70, 80, 131; Arizona, California, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee

●      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. 

Louise Hawes is an American academic and author of more than a dozen novels and several short story collections. She has served as Writer in Residence at the University of New Mexico and The Women’s University of Mississippi, and also as a John Grisham Visiting Writer at the University of Mississippi. Louise helped found the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College. She currently teaches there. Follow Louise on Twitter @louisehawes and visit on her on the web at www.louisehawes.com.

Author Residence: Pittsboro, North Carolina

Author Hometown: Boulder, Colorado

Marketing: PUBLICITY

National Media Campaign

Trade Story Pitch

Middle Grade Blogger Outreach

Select NC and Virtual Author Appearances

ONLINE & SOCIAL MEDIA

TikTok Female Truckers Influencer Mailing

Instagram Tour

Guest Book Podcast with Author and Editor

MARKETING

ARC/Digital Galley Outreach for Advance Bookseller Quotes 

Children’s Institute Featured Title and Galley 

Consumer Advertising

Sell Sheet with Road Trip Locations

Summer Reading Promotion 

SCHOOL & LIBRARY MARKETING

Reading Group Guide

TeachingBooks.net Author Interview Pitch



Author Website: www.louisehawes.com

Author Social Media: Follow her on Twitter @louisehawes

“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

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