DuPrau, Jeanne. Car trouble.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

DuPRAU, Jeanne. Car trouble. HarperCollins, Greenwillow. 288p. c2005. 0-06-073672-0. $15.99 (Lib. bdg: 0-06-073674-7. $16.89.) JS

Duff, a somewhat clueless computer geek just graduated from high school in Virginia, has what sounds like a great job offer in California. Despite his parents' concerns, he sets out with high hopes to cross the country in a used car--and then the car breaks down, just a few hours from home. Determined to make it to San Jose on time to start the job, Duff arranges to deliver a vintage Chevy as a means of obtaining transportation, and he picks up a traveling companion, gregarious but untrustworthy Stu. They meet a girl named Bonnie, and the three of them head out together in the car for California--with, unknown to them, a pile of money concealed in the trunk and some bad guys on their tail. In the end, Duff...

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