Walk Me Home – Catherine Ryan Hide

Posted: August 25, 2013 in general fiction, Review
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walk me homeHaving abruptly moved with her sister Jen so their mother can be with her new boyfriend, Carly is fed up with adults.  After their mother was killed in a car crash, she feared they’d be separated and decides they should go home to their stepfather Teddie, the only real parent she’s had.   Carly and sister Jen start walking to California from the other side of the United States.  But Jen has a secret she hasn’t told Carly.

As they walk they encounter a lot of dangers, some bad people and are shown the kindness of strangers.  After being caught stealing chickens from an elderly lady in the middle of an Indian reservation, Carly agrees to stay and work for her for a week in reimbursement.  Jen loves the farm and wants to stay but Carly is determined to find Teddie.

An interesting story that shows different sides of people, the plot moves along quickly with just enough detail to describe things.  The characters are sympathetic and real, though a 16yr old thinking it would be a good idea to walk across the US?  Sure she has learning difficulties but really?  A good read to relax with at night.

Doubleday

Supplied by Random House

Reviewed by Jan

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