The Ride Home

  • Pages:112
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Currents
  • Themes:rural bus rides, making friends, dealing with enemies, mental health, bullying
  • Available:02/14/2023
  • Reading Level:2.1
  • Lexile:HL490L
  • ATOS:3.5
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Y
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Mark is a city kid who has come to a small town to live with his grandmother after his mom goes into rehab.

Mark has to take a school bus home for the first time. The long, noisy ride home is nothing like riding city transit. There’s some kind of secret code of knowing where you’re allowed to sit, the kids scream nonstop and someone even tries to set Mark’s seat on fire. He quickly decides that all these kids are too strange and does his best to avoid them. But when tragedy strikes, Mark learns that he has more in common with these country kids than he had ever imagined.

BC and Yukon Book Prizes, Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize   | 2021  |  Short-listed
Chocolate Lily Awards   | 2022  |  Short-listed