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Rules of the Road Paperback – June 2, 2005
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Joan has also been a recipient of the Judy Lopez Memorial Award; the ASTAL Award for Outstanding Contributions to Literature for Young People; the Michigan Thumbs-up! Award for Children's Literature; the Delacorte Prize for a First Young Adult Novel; the Pacific Northwest Library Association Award; the New Jersey Reading Association M. Jerry Weiss Award; the New England Booksellers Award; and the Boston Public Library's "Literary Light" Award. Her novels have been nominated extensively for state book awards, in addition to appearing onÂ ALA Notable Books, ALA Best Books, ALA Quick Picks, American Bookseller Pick of the List, School Library Journal Best Books, Smithsonian Notable Children's Books, VOYA's Perfect 10s. Her novel Rules of the Road was chosen as one of the top young adult books of the quarter century by the American Library Association. Her thirteenth novel, Soar, will be published in January 2016.
Joan is a member of the Writers Guild of America East, the Authors Guild, PEN, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband Evan and their intrepid wheaten terrier Max. She enjoys cooking, playing the piano, hiking, songwriting, and ice skating (as long as she has enough time for a slow stop).
Top Customer Reviews
This summer it seems that Jenna's life is about to become more complicated. Her alcoholic father, often gone for years at a time, is back in town and trying to get in touch with Jenna. Jenna knows that means he will be calling at all hours after he has been drinking and showing up to see her at work and at home. She doesn't know how she will handle him this time.
Then a wonderful opportunity presents itself. The aging president of the company, a grumpy woman who can't seem to accept that she is getting older, needs to travel extensively to visit some of her shoe stores and attend important meetings. She doesn't like to fly, so she needs someone to drive her across the country. She takes a liking to Jenna and, surprisingly enough, Jenna's mom agrees to let her go.
Thus starts an adventure Jenna would never have dreamed. Mrs. Gladstone is grumpy and snappy, but Jenna begins to really like her and even learns how to talk her into things. On this trip Jenna learns that Mrs. Gladstone's son is trying to take over the company and turn it into a discount place that sells substandard shoes. Mrs. Gladstone isn't sure she can stop her son from taking over. But Jenna is pretty sure she can, and is willing to do whatever it takes to help.
I really liked the relationship between Jenna and Mrs. Gladstone. They were both strong and stubborn, and balanced each other well. I also liked that Jenna's home life wasn't perfect and her mother had a good reason for sending her on this trip. It was a well-written story of personal growth.
At the same time, some of her antics seem really far-fetched for a 16-year old. Some of the more shocking things she does, however, don't serve to completely save the day, so I can forgive her for not doing what I expected. I appreciated that the author didn't take the easy way out -- she addressed several hard issues that many kids today have to face: alzheimer's, ageism, broken homes, parents who aren't perfect, and even death.
This is by far one of the best books for Young Adults I've read. I haven't met a heroine this promising since Meg Murry in A Wrinkle in Time.
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I thought I was ordering Rules of the road for Drivers who need to take their drivers' test and what a surprise I got when it turned out to be a novel.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had to read this book for school and I wasn't a big fan of it. It wasn't all that exciting and just wasn't my type of book.Published 5 months ago by Brian Price
Customer service , yes, but life lessons galore as well! A teen from a difficult family, wise beyond her years, learns how to speak up, and stand up, as she grows up in the world... Read morePublished 5 months ago by barbara sanford
This is the 2nd book I have read by Joan Bauer and the 2nd one I thought terrific. Although written for teens and young adults, as a mother I also appreciated the insight and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Alisan
Buy a Joan Bauer book and you cannot go wrong. It is impossible. She puts sentences together with heart -- feeling, and you ache with characters, and laugh with them too. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Madeleine
This is a mandatory summer read for school. My son is enjoying it. He thinks the mom's notes are hilarious.Published 18 months ago by Gail A.