On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor


On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor

On New Year's Day, Alice Davis goes for a run. Her first ever. It's painful and embarrassing, but so was getting denied by the only college she cares about. Alice knows she has to stop sitting around and complaining to her best friend, Jenni, and her pet rat, Walter, about what a loser she is. But what she doesn't know is that by taking those first steps out the door, she is setting off down a road filled with new challenges including vicious side stitches, chafing in unmentionable places, and race-paced first love-and strengthening herself to endure when the going suddenly gets tougher than she ever imagined.


This sweet coming-of-age story is a fun, swift read - not just for runners but for anyone who has had to unwillingly redirect his or her course. Booklist Teens who are feeling the pressure of college applications will relate to this character who finds that she is tougher than she thought she could be. School Library Journal A smart and beguiling novel about rejection, running, and the way life can recalculate around a roadblock. Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of Admission On the Road to Find Out is entertaining, surprising, and inspiring. I loved spending time inside Alice's bizarre and charming brain. I am definitely not a runner. But reading this book somehow made me feel like, I could do that!

-centered Alice learns to run, to cope with disappointment and to consider other people's feelings . . . warm, funny and wise. Kirkus Reviews This is a road worth taking. Publishers Weekly Rachel Toor gets it about running; this is the book I'd like my daughters to read, and I suspect a lot of young people would like their parents to read. Rachel can write like hell--she's got the firepower and understands how the simple act of becoming a runner changes lives for the better. Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of the Boston and NYC marathons, author of Marathon Man: My 26.2-Mile Journey from Unknown Grad Student to the Top of the Running World Rachel Toor has never been afraid of blazing her own trail, and in On the Road to Find Out she does just that. Fresh and imaginative, it hooked me from the first page. Readers of any age, runner or not, are sure to find this book both inspiring and endearing. Dean Karnazes, endurance athlete and New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

Rachel Toor is the author of three previous books. She was an admissions officer at Duke University, a high school cross country coach, and a teacher of SAT prep classes. A senior writer at Running Times magazine, she teaches at Eastern Washington University in Spokane.

More books by this author

Other Formats

Book Info


336 pages


Rachel Toor
More books by Rachel Toor


Publication date

8th June 2016



It gives me a chance to read types of books that I would not normally try, and it motivates me to read every night to finish it!

Alice Horncastle, age 14

I love Lovereading4kids because I get an opportunity to put my opinion forward and to try new books

Elosie Clarkson – age 11

This company is amazing; not only is it is a great opportunity to get books and review them but everyone is so friendly and supportive!

Jemma Rubens, age 10

I have told all my friends, family & teachers to see for themselves just how great the site is. Without fail, they are hugely impressed.

Alexander Boxall – age 11

I think Lovereading4kids is an amazing company because of the friendly staff and the fabulous chance to read great books before publication.

Adam Graham

Writing reviews help the children with their literacy skills and we always read the books together which gives us good quality family time!

Cat Bisland (on behalf of the Bi

We love Lovereading as my 5 year old loves to read new books before anyone else has a chance, she says it makes reading exciting!

Tracey Chorley

I love ‘LoveReading 4 kids’ because they let you read and learn things you’d never dreamed of learning before.

Emily Horncastle – age 11

Lovereading 4 schools