When fourteen-year-old Ben, his father, and two family dogs set out in their truck to catch up with the school field trip, they are joined by Brig, who works with Ben’s father, and Ben’s schoolmates, the twins Charlotte and Jacob. Along the way, Ben learns a lot about himself and the others, and friendships are made, his relationships with his dad grows stronger, and their family grows! This engaging novel by Gary and Jim Paulsen provides opportunities for creative and critical thinking and deals with relationships, pets, and friendship. Suitable as a class, literature circle, or independent novel for grades 4-10. Log in to read the full ERAC review.