Hit the Road, Manny

A Manny Files Novel

By Christian Burch
(Atheneum Books, Hardcover, 9781416928126, 233pp.)

Publication Date: September 2008

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall 2008 Kids' List
“Hilarious! Kids will love this road-trip story's jokes and goofy situations. Parents will appreciate its portrait of a busy modern clan that showcases two very important truths: no one bugs you like family, but no one else makes you laugh as hard. A great book for a family read-aloud on or off the road.”
-- Mark David Bradshaw, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS


Description

Cue the pretend drum-roll: Keats's parents have a big surprise. No, they're not having a new baby. It's -- wait for it, wait for it -- a family road trip!

Okay, so this is not exactly the birthday present Keats had in mind (no iPod?!), but when Dad parks a rented RV in the Dalinger's driveway, Keats piles in with the rest of his family -- and the manny, of course -- bound for the open road. From the big skies of farm country to the bright lights of Las Vegas, this, in typical manny fabulousness, is an all-American adventure filled with more Glamour-dos than Glamour-don'ts. But a stopover at the manny's childhood home is making the manny feel not so fabulous. Why can't his parents ever accept him for who he is? And Keats, at first, sees their point. Why does the manny always have to be so interesting?

Hit the road for more manny shenanigans, where it's all about Elton John, Diet Coke, and being brave enough to be yourself.




About the Author
Christian Burch is a real-life manny, who derived much of his inspiration for this novel from his charges. A resident of Jackson, Wyoming, "The Manny Files" is his first novel. He shares his birthday with Adam Ant, Evgeni Plushenko, and Anna Wintour.
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