The Journey Back

The Journey Back

by Priscilla Cummings


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A teenage boy faces his past and seeks redemption in the gripping companion book to Red Kayak

Nine months in a juvenile detention facility was the punishment for his crime. After just a month he makes a bold escape that nearly kills him and soon an angry fourteen-year-old Digger is on the run. When injuries stop him, Digger hides at a riverside campground, where he befriends a young boy and a girl his own age. New friends, a job caring for rescued horses, and risking his life to save another make Digger realize that the journey back is not just about getting home. But he come to terms with his troubled past and face what he's really running from?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142422908
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/03/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 80,743
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.72(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

About the Author

Priscilla Cummings is the author of fourteen picture books and several novels for children, including A Face First, an ALA Notable, and Red Kayak, an ALA Best Books for Young Adults and winner of the Oklahoma Sequoyah and Maryland Black-Eyed Susan awards. Her novel, Blindsided, was named to the 2011 Children’s Choice list. Ms. Cummings lives with her family in Annapolis, Maryland.

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A daring escape.

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"An exciting, thoughtful story."

"This high-action journey has suspense to spare, and the continual near misses will keep readers cheering for Digger."

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The Journey Back 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
_tw13 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy reading adventure stories, you’re probably going to love this one. A fourteen-year-old boy named Michael Griswald nicknamed Digger is put in jail for the murder of a little boy. Michael has an abusive father at home and realized his mother, sister, and brother need his help. When it is Michaels day to take out the trash, he decides to hide in the dumpster and escape out of juvenile detention. Michael faces many tough challenges along his journey back home. He ends up stealing many things and committing many crimes that he later regrets. When he finds the campground he even faced more danger. He made many friends while he was at the campground. He even got a job working at a farm for a person that lives at the campground. Michael meets two Mexican people that plan something and Michael catches them red-handed. Michael started to develop feelings for somebody at the campground then he thinks that she betrayed him. Michael even starts to question if he should stay on the run, or turn himself back in to the juvenile detention center. If you like to read suspenseful stories, this book will be a go to. This story is suspenseful, it’s about survival, and trust. Michael couldn’t just walk out in the street like a normal person, he had to stay out in hiding, although he still went to the town. I hope this review makes you want to purchase this book in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not much of a reader unless it is romance but this book wooooooow it took my mind from romance to action in a heartbeat this book i wouldrecimend to anyone who is looking for a good book this is the one. I highly highly recomend the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was SO amazingly wrote. Prisscilla (or howeve you spell her name) did so well on actually making you feel like you were there. I would totally recomend this ook to anyone from fourth or fifth grade and up!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absoulutly loved this book. I read thi sat school at silent read and every time the teacher said stop i didnt want to. This book really was amazing!!!!!!! I <3 it soooooo much!!! I would totally recomend it:):):);)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):):););););):):):)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK HAS ENTHUSIASM IN EVERY PAGE!!!!!!! I FEEL SCARED WHEN THE CHARACTER IS IN DANGER, ABD HAPPY WHEN HE IS HAPPY!! I LOVE THIS BOOK! YOU SHOULD GET IT TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!