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taking on a classic




Billy, now almost 16, has spent his life home schooled by his mother, a religious activist who has moved them from town to town in search of one righteous place to live and worship. Now, Billy wants to attend a regular school, something he and his mother are at odds over. When Billy receives a cryptic message from his father, someone he thought had been dead for a long time, he sets off on a road trip in search of his father and the truth. Before long, Billy is traveling with Ruah Branch, a professional baseball player on the lam, someone who also has a secret. Billy's faith is sorely tested on this road trip. He has to make some decisions about what it is that he believes and why. Meehl does not shy away from tough topics in this contemporary Huck Finn story. Religion, homosexuality, bullying, and more are issues that the main characters wrestle with as they come to terms with who they are and how they fit into this world. The metafictional references to Huck Finn deepen the story for readers who are familiar with Twain's novel. However, this boo could also serve as an excellent introduction to Twain as well. <162>
Tags: coming of age, ya
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