By Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
Wendy Lamb Books, 2013. 114 pgs. Young Adult
At 5 a.m., fourteen-year-old Ben's father tells him to wake up and get in the truck; they're going on a road trip to pick up a border collie from a shelter before his time runs out. They hit the road, along with Atticus, the border collie they already have, and soon manage to pick up a cranky mechanic, a reformed thug friend of Ben's, and a waitress who just quit her job, as well as a new vehicle--a school bus. On their way to rescue the dog, they find themselves mixed up in an adventure, with a hint of a mystery.
This book is short and sweet. It's a quick read with quirky characters who are absolutely lovable, and the best part might just be that it's a dog story where the dogs don't die. Delightful. I loved it.