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Greyhound by [Piper, Steffan]
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About the Author

Steffan Piper was born in Pennsylvania and raised in England and various parts of Alaska. During his time in Alaska, the Mayor of Nome asked him to ‘leave and never return’, due to a minor misunderstanding. Piper currently lives on the outskirts of Los Angeles with his family. Most of his writing occurs in the dead of night.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3813 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982555091
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (13 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031WHBW4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 132 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This is a re-release of a gem of a book which was sadly overlooked the first time. It dearly deserves to be loved and read and passed around.
Although this book is supposed to be for teenagers, it doesn't feel like the usual teenage offering. It is intelligent well written prose, that never patronises or talks down. As an adult, I utterly fell in love with this, and would be confident in buying it for others.
The main character Sebastian is one of the most instantly likeable I've come across. His mother and new boyfriend neglect him terribly, and this is why he is sent off to live with his grandparents. This is a journey that takes him halfway across America on a Greyhound bus.
As we don't have Greyhound buses, you may be forgiven for thinking it wouldn't be great for readers outside the US. Worry not, it is accessible and the attention to detail means you never feel left behind. I found it fascinating, and I cannot stress enough how well written this is.
Perhaps if this was about vampires, it would have sold by the bucket load. However, this really truly is a wonderful and special book. Try this for something a bit different, some beautifully constructed prose, and a tremendous uplifting book that will haunt you for some time to come. Highly recommended.
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At eleven years going on twelve, Sebastian is put on a Greyhound bus in Stockton California, the start of a three day two thousand mile journey to his grandparents in Altoona, Pennsylvania, by his self-interested mother; she no longer has time for him now that she is about to marry - again. Sebastian is, not surprisingly, somewhat apprehensive as he embarks on his solo expedition, bewildered not just by what the next three days might have in store for him, but also as to why he is yet again being deserted by his mother. But all is not bleak, at least he feels secure in knowing that his grandparents will welcome him; and in addition to charming all the ladies en-route with his cute good looks and polite manners, Sebastian soon teams up with a the most unlikely travelling companion, the young and black Marcus, just released from an eight year jail term.

This unusual alliance will prove to be Sebastian's salvation in more ways than one on this marathon journey that crams in more action and disasters than any youngster should have to endure in his entire childhood, let alone in just three days. Marcus proves to be a wise and loyal friend, helping Sebastian with more than just the journey, but helping him understand himself and his plight, and equipping him as best he can for the future. Sebastian learns a great deal about human nature both in its darker and in its more positive forms.

Sebastian narrates the events of his epic journey, and if there is a criticism of the book it is that this is not the narration of an eleven year old boy, but that aside the story is told with a keen sense of observation and often with a little humour. It reveals humanity in all its forms, and provides a fascinating picture of what was once the Americans' preferred means of distance travelling. Sebastian comes across as a likeable and very natural boy. I found this a most enjoyable and compelling read
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Most children don't spend the day of their twelfth birthday traveling alone on a Greyhound bus. That's what this story is about though. A child who is left to make his way through a very hazardous landscape with nothing but his innocence, his wits and a new adult friend. Along that journey he meets danger from several sources, unpleasant people and situations, kind and caring people, and that friend.

The opening of this book almost broke my heart. Thinking about Sebastien Ranes standing in his bedroom, in the dark, at 3 am, fully dressed, with his suitcases packed, hoping against hope that his mother would have changed her mind about sending him away. Again. This time all the way from Stockton, California to Altoona, Pennsylvania by himself on the bus while she marries the latest in her long list of boyfriends and they go on a honeymoon. But Sebastien is already a realist because he understands his mother, he knows that she has already chosen who will stay with her and who will have to go.

On the dedication page of this book the author states that the bulk of this story is true. What he does not reveal is precisely who it happened to. Finding that this story was written in first person was a little bit of a surprise since this main character is so young to be relating the things that will be happening to him. First person is sometimes an uncomfortable form of fiction for me to read. As the story progressed I began to think that surely this must, at the end, be revealed as a reminiscence, a backward look at the events of this fateful trip. That is not the case. Because of that I have to say that Sebastien, as a character in a book, just did not come across to me as an 11 or 12 year old boy.
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I was excited to receive this book, but after reading a couple of the reviews which mentioned the age-inappropriateness of the narrative voice, I also approached it with a degree of trepidation. For the first half a dozen pages the narrative voice did indeed feel awkward, but before I knew it, I was absolutely hooked on the story and any concerns over whether it was or wasn't the voice of a pre-teen evaporated.

Clearly my enthusiasm for this book must have been obvious to all, because halfway through reading it, I found I had competition from my husband, who sneakily read the first 50 pages of it while I was making a phone call and then kept hassling me to finish it so he could read it next... and my mum is requesting it after him... I think it's going to be a very well thumbed copy!

Greyhound is just a really fantastic story about the greatest adventure an eleven year-old could ever have, about how the miles he travels change him, and how along the way he develops a touching friendship with a man who he has nothing, and everything, in common with. I am torn between the excitement of having found an undiscovered gem, and the sadness that it hasn't already reached a bigger audience. It's a brilliant book, but it is also crying out to made into a film too.

One of the most charming stories I have read in a long while, buy it!
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