Ariel (no, not the little mermaid) knows her mother has completely lost it when she drags her and her little sister on a road trip for a "bonding experience" the summer after her parent's divorce. And not just any road trip, but a bus tour complete with cheesy tour guides, Oklahoma! music and a plethora of senior citizens. Thankfully, she is saved from complete insanity by Andre, who is also forced to accompany his crazy mother and her beloved Chihuahua. But besides making things bearable, Andre also makes things quite complex. Fasten your seatbelts for this one, it's going to be a long, crazy, and hilarious ride.
Impulsive, laugh out loud funny, and unforgettable, Wish You Were Here will take you on a trip with a cast of fun, eccentric characters, and a plot line that can't be beat. Catherine Clark does it again, weaving her talent for painting clever and colorful characters with real to life issues and dysfunctional families to reveal a poignant, expressive, witty, and lovable story. Fans of Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes will enjoy this one, although Wish You Were Here is certainly a novel of its own class. Ariel is a strong, humorous, and down to earth narrator whose incisive and grounded voice will attract readers of all ages. Clark fans will be hard pressed not to miss this one.
Wish You Were Here will be available from HarperTeen on March 25, 2008!