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Cross Country (A Sequel to Miss E)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  12 reviews
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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Kindle Edition, 374 pages
Published August 15th 2018 by Birch Cove Books
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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
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.
Sarah Flowers
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Herberger has done it again! The sequel, Cross Country, is just as engaging and thought-provoking as his first book, Miss E. I loved following the main character, Bets, through her next adventure, and I really enjoyed watching her character process the aftermath of the Vietnam War. I am thankful to have spent a few afternoons with such a strong and compassionate young woman, and I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It's truly a fascinating glimpse into life and music in the late 1960s ...more
Krissy Ronan
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved going on a new adventure with Bets. Great MG/YA book for historical fiction fans, especially for music lovers and those who would have protested The Vietnam War!
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).

Cross Country b
Coco Harris
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An adorable historical fiction tale about a teenage girl traveling from California to the Woodstock musical festival. I found this read refreshing and appreciated the fact that it was appropriate for all readers. Many books focused on this venue shine a light on sex, drugs, and rock and roll. I was pleased to see the Cross Country went deeper into different opinions and experiences with the war and how all decisions impacted different people differently. I thought the writing was fantastic, but ...more
Deirdre Fagan
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Another adventure with Bets! After reading Miss E, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Bets, so I’m so glad Herberger decided to write a second book featuring this character. The thing about YA books is the character inevitably grows up...maybe there is at least one more adventure for Bets? This book, like Miss E, skillfully weaves together historical fact with great storytelling. It’s clear that Herberger knows his genre and audience well. If I taught middle school, Herberger’s two novels would be ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful trip down memory lane, and a perfect description of 1969 when we craved for peace and love and expressed it in music. But it was the central character, Bets, who we came to love. I understand that this was the sequel to another book, which I now MUST read. I think this book could entertain all, but it is nicely crafted for late middle school to early high schoolers and could "safely" be on school lists for historical fiction.

Considering the action takes place on a trip acro
Elyse Mcnulty
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just finished Brian Herberger’s wonderful book “Cross Country.” I read it in one day. If you have not read Cross Country, order and read soon. Amazing journey across the country to experience Woodstock. I loved every minute. The compassionate perspective for the people who were going to, were lost during and returned from Vietnam gave me the chills. Thank you, Brian. I will not forget this book!
Michael Travis
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a good book, told through the eyes of Bets during the summer of '69. This was a journey of learnings for the girls and the reader. I really enjoyed this novel.
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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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