School’s out, the weather is warm, and summertime is finally here. You know what that means…road trips! Nothing passes the time on the way to your vacation destination better than a good book. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, think about reading these titles that also feature characters getting ready to go on a journey or embark on an adventure.
- Bray, Libba. Going Bovine. (2009) YA BRA. When sixteen-year-old Cameron is diagnosed with Mad Cow Disease, his life takes a huge turn. Cameron and his hospital roommate (who happens to be a hypochondriac dwarf) leave on a fantastical road trip to find a cure and to discover what makes life worth living. Complete with punk rock angels, talking yard gnomes and everything in between, this book is packed with fantasy, humor, and even more heart.
- Johnson, Maureen. 13 Little Blue Envelopes. (2005) YA JOH. Ginny receives 13 envelopes from her aunt, each including a letter and a task that she is to complete before opening the next envelope. The letters take her from London to Rome and everywhere in between, and readers (especially fans of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) will enjoy Ginny’s funny, thoughtful, and life-changing journey.
- Kerouac, Jack. On the Road. (1957) FIC KER. Sal drives from coast to coast with Dean Moriarty, a slightly mad, hip, amateur philosopher. Written in a free flowing style, this book is well suited for mature readers looking for a literary adventure or a classic road trip tale.
- Matson, Morgan. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. (2010) YA MAT. After Amy’s father died in a car accident, Amy won’t get behind the wheel at all. So, Roger, a college sophomore and friend of the family, offers to drive Amy across the country to her new home in Connecticut. Amy and Roger take off on an epic road trip, meeting colorful people, visiting new places, dealing with loss, and eventually starting a new relationship. You'll enjoy following their entertaining trip, complete with maps, playlists, and photos.
- Pearson, Mary. The Miles Between. (2010) YA PEA. All Destiny wants is “one fair day”—when things would go her way for once and life would just be fair. Feeling more than fed up with her life in boarding school, she sees the perfect opportunity to escape when she comes across an abandoned car. Destiny and three other classmates decide to make this their fair day, which takes them on an unforgettable road trip. Likeable characters and a touch of magic will make you wish you were on the road trip, too.
- Perkins, Lynne Rae. As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth. (2010) YA PER. After missing his train in Montana, Ry is stuck in the middle of nowhere with no one to call and nowhere to go. While everything is going wrong for Ry, he meets Del, who offers to drive him across the country so he can get home. Written in poetic yet readable and entertaining language, this book’s smart and witty characters will hook you.
- Tan, Shaun. The Arrival. (2007) YA TAN (Graphic Novel). This graphic novel isn’t only a story—it’s a piece of art. The story follows an immigrant who leaves his family to start a new life in a new world. Through Tan’s detailed and beautiful artwork, you'll understand every aspect of the man’s journey, from his memories, friendships, worries, and even interesting details of the time period.
- Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit. (1937) YA TOL. Bilbo Baggins is a small hobbit who enjoys a life of leisure in his small hobbit hole. So, imagine his surprise as 13 dwarves show up on his doorstep, dragging him along on their dangerous quest to get a precious treasure back from Smaug, the dragon. Bilbo’s journey will take readers through the Lonely Mountains, meeting spiders, wolves, elves, and Gollum along the way. Fans of The Lord of the Rings, fantasy adventures, and even fairy tales shouldn’t miss The Hobbit.