Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Long Way to Go” as Want to Read:
A Long Way to Go
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Long Way to Go

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  9 reviews
What happens when three children spend the day in the supervised daycare program of a FL resort motel, but at the end of the day, their parents don't come to pick them up? The motel manager and the uncaring-caregiver want to "do something with them," and the children fear the worst. So the next morning, they just leave the motel and start walking home. Home is six hundred ...more
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published 1965 by Doubleday & Company
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.27  · 
Rating details
 ·  52 ratings  ·  9 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Lisa Vegan
May 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 10-13 year olds, kids in need of some self confidence
I adored this book and read it many times when I was 11 & 12 years old. It's about siblings who get separated from their parents and with ingenuity and courage, find their way back home by themselves. Unfortunately, it's out of print now.


I reread this book in April 2019 before having to give up the book. Giving up books will be as tough as I’d feared, I’m afraid. And I’m embarrassed that two of the books I’m now giving up are in such gross condition, made only sl
Jun 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to CLM by: Lisa Vegan
Children abandoned far from home and forced to elude adults who may not have their best interests at heart? Right away this reminded me of Homecoming by Cynthia Voight, which I believe spawned a whole series. I only read the first one, in which Dicey’s mother abandons her four children, and Dicey leads her siblings on foot, first to a relative in Connecticut and finally to their grandmother in Virginia. I thought that book was pretty dark and gloomy but A Long Way to Go is bleaker yet even more ...more
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
This kind of reminds me of the Boxcar Children. The plot is similar: three kids, alone in the world, trying to make it on their own. Ashley (a girl), Brett (a boy), and Shane (a girl), age 10, 8 and 6 respectively, are on vacation when their parents leave the hotel one day and never come back. Fearful of being turned in to the "juvenile authorities," the children quietly slip away and begin the 600-mile trek home. On the way they face various challenges including injury and lack of food, pick up ...more
Ginny Messina
Jul 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
I loved this 1960s tale of three siblings who make a 600-mile trek to find their parents with nothing in the way of resources except for some beach towels, sun hats, and $23. Their willingness to climb into a car with strangers seemed a little unusual even for the 1960s, especially because some of the people who helped them actually seemed a little sinister.

The author named the three characters after his own three children. This was actually a little odd since he wasn't entirely complimentary a
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this as a child and loved it. Reread it again just recently. This book really needs to be put into e-reader form tout suite. In many ways it's not a "suitable" book for the helicopter-parented children of today. These are three children, ages 5-11, on an unsupervised, real life adventure. It portrays them trusting strangers in a variety of circumstances and (due to the reason for their adventure) deliberately avoiding authority and the law. Still, it is a coming-of-age story, about dealin ...more
Ann Whitaker
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have forgotten most of this book, but I did enjoy it very much.
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm basing the rating purely on sentimentality. This is the first book I bought with my own money, way back when I was just a kid, and forty-odd years later, I still have it, and I'd never willingly part with it.

I'll admit to being a sucker for stories of pluck and determination, especially when the plucky characters are kids, and this one, if memory serves, is very much in the same vein as Cynthia Voigt's "Homecoming." Deal's tale concerns three kids and parcel of animal companions who, after
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's been at least 30 years since I read this book. I'm so glad I found the title after all this time. I want to read it again and see what I think of the story as an adult.
Sally Trabulsi
rated it really liked it
Sep 09, 2017
Maaike Westra
rated it it was amazing
Feb 22, 2019
rated it it was amazing
Jan 24, 2015
rated it really liked it
Feb 01, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Jun 02, 2008
rated it it was amazing
Nov 14, 2015
Koko Saar
rated it it was amazing
Jun 16, 2019
The first book I ever read from the Adult Library.
rated it it was amazing
Apr 11, 2018
JayJay Boehm
rated it liked it
Apr 18, 2018
Matt Jaeger
rated it liked it
Apr 28, 2019
Christina Powell
rated it really liked it
Jan 10, 2017
rated it it was amazing
Nov 11, 2014
Ann Butts
rated it it was amazing
Oct 02, 2019
rated it it was amazing
Jul 01, 2014
Katharine Cook
rated it it was amazing
Dec 29, 2014
Drew Thompson
rated it liked it
Feb 12, 2017
rated it liked it
Dec 11, 2013
rated it liked it
May 27, 2011
rated it really liked it
Jul 24, 2014
rated it really liked it
Dec 29, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Oct 09, 2009
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Borden Deal was an American novelist and short story writer. Born in Pontotoc, Mississippi, Deal attended Macedonia Consolidated High School, after which he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and fought forest fires in the Pacific Northwest. Before he began writing, his checkered career included work on a showboat, hauling sawdust for a lumber mill, harvesting wheat, a position as auditor for ...more