The Way to Schenectady by Richard ScrimgerThe Way to Schenectady by Richard Scrimger

The Way to Schenectady

byRichard ScrimgerIllustratorLinda Hendry

Paperback | January 15, 1999

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Twelve-year-old Jane Peeler is about to embark on a summer ritual: the family car trip. Along with her two younger brothers, Bill and Bernie, Jane will endure traffic jams, singalongs, and fights over who gets the window on a two-day car trip to New England. With help from her Walkman, it may not be too bad, even if her chain-smoking, grumpy grandmother is coming along. But during a stop at a gas station, the kids meet Marty – a kind, penniless old man with a problem. How will he get to his brother’s funeral in Schenectady the next day? Jane would like to help him out – but how? Bringing a friend along on holiday is one thing, but a total stranger?

Readers will delight in the hilarious detours the Peelers must make to get their newest passenger, and themselves, to their destination on time.
A columnist and novelist, Richard Scrimger grew up in Toronto, always writing but never really considering it a career, until after the birth of his first two children, twins, when he discovered the only time he could seriously write was during their naps. His style clearly demonstrates the influence of his experiences as a waiter in T...
Title:The Way to SchenectadyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 7.61 × 5.14 × 0.39 inPublished:January 15, 1999Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0887764274

ISBN - 13:9780887764271

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Way to Schenectady The main character is Jane, she has two younger brothers. Jane tells the story about their trip to her aunt's house. It takes two days to get there. The secondary character is Marty, an old man they met at the gas station. Marty needs to get to Schenectady the next day. I think this book is a fiction/fantasy. I liked the way the story line kept moving, and the characters were interesting. I recommend this book to everyone, especially for parents to read to younger children.
Date published: 2000-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Way To Schenectady The Way To Schenectady is a great book. It is about a girl named Jane. She is going on a car trip when they stop at a gas station and meet a kind man named Marty. Marty is trying to get to his brothers memorial service in Schentady. Jane leads the Peeler Family on a hilarious detour. Will Marty arrive on-time.
Date published: 1999-07-06

From Our Editors

Twelve-year-old Jane Peeler thinks this is just another summer and another family road trip. Besides being in a car with her younger brothers Bill and Bernie, she has to endure her chain-smoking grandmother, traffic jams, singalongs and fights over who gets the window seat. Maybe if she’s allowed to keep her Walkman on 24 hours a day, it might not be so bad. That’s when the kids meet Marty, a kind but penniless man who needs to get to his brother funeral in Schenectady the next day. Can the Peelers help him out? Find out in The Way to Schenectady.

Editorial Reviews

“A rollicking great read.”
Children’s Bookwatch

“There are moments…that are snort-out-loud funny.”
City Parent

“A hilarious account of a family’s car trip that captures the tradition, friction, and inevitable detours that accompany this annual summer ritual…At times the dialogue is so snappy that one senses there is a well-choreographed play just beneath the surface of the novel.”
Quill & Quire