Northward to the MoonBook - 2010
Oprah's 2010 Kids' Reading List: 12 and Up
When Jane's stepfather, Ned, gets fired from his job as a French teacher -- turns out he doesn't speak French -- Jane feels the warm glow of possibility. She can tell that Ned is restless, eager to get out on the road, and she too is thrilled with the idea of adventures to be had. She's ready for her whole family -- her mother; Ned; her sister, Maya; and her two little brothers -- to leave Saskatchewan right away and drive through the night, like outlaws.
So Jane and her family set off on an adventure that takes them across the continent: from a First Nation village through Las Vegas to Ned's mothers's horse ranch, where Jane meets her eccentric new grandmother and aunts. As Jane learns more about Ned's family history, she starts to realize that there's a difference between her own love of adventure and Ned's true outlaw spirit. Far from home, she gains new perspective on the unpredictable things that people do.