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Fiction Ages 6-8
Pages: 112
Themes: road trip with Dad, LGBTQ parent, discrimination, helping others, encouraging inquiry in children
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 07/Apr/2020
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On her annual trip in her father’s 18-wheeler, eight-year-old Jolene is headed to Los Angeles on a six-day road trip to deliver some newsprint with her dad. Just like last year, they tell each other stories and listen to music. They also keep up their favorite tradition: critiquing one type of food at every stop. This time it’s onion rings.

But this year is also different. Unlike last year, Jolene’s parents are no longer together. They split up when her father came out as gay. These are big changes for Jolene, but she is spunky and smart and has a good heart. She’s ready for new adventures and to stand up for what’s right—both on and off the road.

Kirkus Reviews
“Father-daughter bonding story in a remarkable setting.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Jolene’s enjoyable and insightful journey makes the complex themes of family, acceptance, and forgiveness accessible to young readers through easy-to-read text and spirited illustrations.”
School Library Journal
“[An] approachable, representative, middle grade chapter book focusing on father-daughter relationships.”


CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection  | 2020 | Commended
Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Awards  | 2021 | Short-listed
Chocolate Lily Awards  | 2022 | Short-listed
ALA Rainbow Book List  | 2021 | Commended
BC and Yukon Book Prizes, Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize  | 2021 | Winner

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