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Cross Country

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Having her father away in Vietnam wasn't easy for Bets, but she soon discovers having him back home comes with its own set of problems. When a letter from her friend Emmie arrives along with a ticket to the Woodstock Music Festival, Bets has a tough decision to make. Should she stick it out back home or leave her problems behind for a cross-country adventure?

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Published August 15th 2018 by Birch Cove Books
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Nichole Lindgren
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book! I liked the first book and reading about Bets but I loved this one. It was so interesting and very exciting.
Oh my goodness. At this point, I feel it's safe to say that Bets has made it onto my list of all-time favorite literary characters. After having read Miss E., I was thrilled to see that there would be a follow-up story. And now here I am, I loved Cross Country so much, I'm hoping for more again! 

What it comes down to is that Mr. Herberger just has a way with words, simply put. He has a way of describing things, places, people, feelings, etc. that, as a reader, you just get it. It helps, too, tha
Serena Kessler
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Cross Country, Brian Herberger deftly places readers into the the mind and heart of Bets — a smart, bold, and thoughtful teenager — and into America in the summer of 1969, a time, not unlike our own, when young people are finding the courage to stand up and speak out for justice. I was absolutely captivated by Herberger’s Bets in Miss E, so it was a treat to follow her on her journey across America from San Francisco, CA to Woodstock, NY as she continues to come of age and grapple with her in ...more
Howard Wolke
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Late elementary-high school readers and all who enjoy YA fiction
After his debut with Miss E, Herberger has come back to his protagonist Bets with this wonderful follow-up book. As Bets goes across the country, she spends her time learning about racism, poverty, violence, PTSD, and more, and Herberger's readers are fortunate enough to go along for the ride. In Cross Country, Herberger does an amazing job showing the mindset of both the time period and the protagonist's age. This book was a pleasure to read. It was like catching up with an old friend and findi ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“How did I put into words the different perspectives on the war that I’d been given from Jerry, and Jake, and Bill, and Teddy. Each of their stories had added a layer to what I thought about Vietnam and the war. How did my father fit into all of that? He had a story that was all his own. It was different than all the others, but it was somehow part of them as well. Most importantly, I’d realized that I needed to pay attention to my father’s story, instead of just my own” (p. 325).

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As an educator, father of two, and a former middle school English teacher, Brian Herberger is immersed in the world of young adult fiction. In his debut novel, he draws on childhood memories of flying with his father and combines them with his love of history to create a story that is exciting, meaningful and fun. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Brian now lives, reads, and writes in the Washing ...more
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