As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins is a story about a boy who is going off to an away camp in Montana as his grandfather takes care of his house in Wisconsin and his parents go off to the Caribbean to rekindle their marriage. As he’s on the train through Montana to the camp, he opens mail he received at home but never bothered to open and turns out the camp is cancelled. He gets off the train in the middle of nowhere, accidentally gets left behind and no one knows where he is nor does he know how to get home. He meets a strange kind of character, Del, and they venture back to Wisconsin, where the grandpa has gone missing. They conclude that they must reach his parents, who are sailing and lost their cell phone and are unreachable. They decide to go to find his parents and they go off on this second adventure meeting various characters as they go. Liked the beginning but with the second adventure, it became more fantastic and therefore less realistic and the end was so fantastic, I didn’t like it.
Grades 6-10 some swearing Caudill nominee 2012