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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Series: My One Hundred Adventures
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; First Edition edition (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375861106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375861109
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,430,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7 The characters from Polly Horvath's My One Hundred Adventures (2008) return in this charming sequel (2010, both Schwartz Wade). Jane Fielding and her family have been living in Canada, about as far away from their beach home in Massachusetts as you can get. Jane's new step-father Ned is baffled when he loses his job teaching French a language he doesn't actually speak ("I always looked on it as a kind of a frill"). They decide to move back to their beach home, but detours slow their return. Ned discovers that his brother has left a suitcase full of cash in his care, so he piles the family into the ancient car to return the money. They end up on a ranch in Nevada, and Jane develops her first serious crush on a young ranch hand. The plot is slight, but the language and characters are delicious. Becca Battoe's youthful narration allows listeners to see everything from Jane's perspective, and her gift of timing and inflection produce many laugh-out-loud moments. A delightful story. Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK (c) Copyright 2010.  Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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From Booklist

This sequel to My One Hundred Adventures (2008) picks up the story of Jane and her family a year later in Saskatchewan, as they prepare to move away, returning to Massachusetts by a roundabout route. Circumstances arise that lead Ned, Jane’s stepfather, to reconnect with women from his past: first, an elderly First Nations woman who took him in when he was young, and next, his estranged mother and sisters. His journey determines the family’s destinations and parts of the plot. While Jane narrates the novel, much of it feels less like her story than in the previous book, though a particularly poignant subplot involves her enduring the hope and pain of a first, hopeless crush and the humiliation of realizing that everyone else knows. Many characters here are distinct, wonderfully idiosyncratic individuals, and Horvath’s fine-tuned observations are conveyed with subtlety and precision. The open-ended conclusion seems to promise another sequel. Grades 5-8. --Carolyn Phelan

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By llovely on August 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love children's literature and read along with my kids. We picked this up from the library's "new book" section and my daughter (entering sixth grade) said she couldn't get into it (very unusual for her), so I had a go.

The protagonist here is Jane, a teen with 3 younger siblings, who is traveling with her poet mother and unconventional stepfather Ned after he has been fired from his job as a French teacher (he can't speak French). They set out from Canada to Massachusetts but get seriously sidetracked after ending up with a bag of illegally-obtained money left for Ned by his flaky magician brother. Jane ruminates on who her father might be, and who the fathers of each of her siblings might be, based on family histories of mental illness. She observes the interactions of Ned with his mother and three sisters, none of whom he has had any contact with in over 20 years. Two significant characters, at the end of the book, turn out to be untrustworthy in major ways.

Are the uncertainty, instability, and disordered family relationships supposed to appeal to pre-teens who are searching for identity? The themes here seemed much more suited to an adult novel. The characters, eccentric as they are, were well drawn and engaging, but I'm glad my daughter missed this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I like Polly Horvath, and her books are always worthwhile, but, boy, she can be all over the place. "Everything on a Waffle" is the most coherent and optimistic of the books I know; "Trolls" is the saddest; "Corps of the Bare-Boned Plane" has the least compelling premise. But this one, "Northward to the Moon" is very shaggy, very meandering, and ultimately sort of pointless. I sure wouldn't start with this if I were trying Horvath for the first time.

On the other hand, if you are happy with occasionally nicely turned phrases, and tolerant of elliptical plotting, this book has its rewards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed reading this book along with my 13 year old niece who was reading this for school. We had fun bouncing questions off each other as we read. It was a great mini vacation!
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