Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

Written by Morgan Matson

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A classic coming-of-age road trip novel from a stunning debut author.


Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother has decided to move all the way across the country and needs Amy to drive their car from California to the East Coast. There's just one problem: since the death of her father, Amy hasn't been able to get behind the wheel of a car. Enter Roger, the son of an old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute...and dealing with some baggage of his own. Meeting new people and coming to terms with her father's death were not part of Amy's plans for the road trip. But then neither was driving on the Loneliest Road in America, seeing the Colorado Mountains, visiting diners, dingy motels and Graceland. But as they drive, and she grows closer to Roger, Amy finds that the people you least expected are the ones you need the most - - and that sometimes you have to get lost in order to find your way home.


The narrative keeps its momentum even through flashbacks that gradually reveal more about Amy's family tragedy and interspersed pages from Amy's travel scrapbook, which includes jotted state overviews, souvenir menus, and long, keenly apt music playlists that'll send readers off to downloading. If all road trips were like this, nobody'd ever stay home. --Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

About the Author

Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson received her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School in NYC, and is currently studying for an MFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She formerly worked as a teen book editor. Morgan is a lover of roadtrips, having crossed the USA three times ... so far. Many of the places featured in Amy & Roger's Epic Detour are taken directly from her own travels. She's also a lover of music, which inspired the wealth of playlists you'll find in Amy and Roger's story. This is Morgan's first novel, but she's already working on her second. When not writing, she drinks far too much coffee, watches old movies, and plans out her next journey. She lives in California.

Author photo (c) Meredith Zinner.

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

7th July 2011




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