Car Trouble

Written by: Jeanne Duprau, Report by: Jonah Hodo

Car Trouble Book details

  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060736720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060736729
  • Genre: Realistic Fiction
  • Awards: N/A


When 17 year old Duff Pringle of Virginia gets a new great opportunity job down in Silicon Valley, California he gets ready to start his cross country journey. His parents don't want him to leave because they think something is wrong with this job. They said "Why would a new tech company program all the way in California want a 17 year old right out of highschool who they have never even met before?" He would always quickly reassure them that every thing was all set up and ready. To prepare for his journey he had to get all the money he had saved up plus spend about $600 on an old car just so he could get there. He knew it would be easier to just buy a plane ticket or a bus trip but he wanted to take the scenic route and see everything on the way there.The only challenging thing is he needs to be at his new job in 6 days.....

On the first day of his journey his old, raggedy, used car breaks down and it cant be fixed he gets another opportunity to catch a ride. He then meets a new friend named Stew who he travels cross country with till he meets a girl named Bonnie. So Duff,Stu, and Bonnie all travel to California while being chased by criminals and then soon find out one of the members in their group is a criminal.

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