Long Gone Daddy By Helen Hemphill

Published by (2014-04-01)

The first time fourteen-year-old Harlan Q met his grandfather, he was laid up on a porcelain prep table at the local funeral home with a grin on his face—like he was getting the last laugh. His will leaves a chunk of money and a Cadillac convertible. The catch? His body must be buried in Las Vegas. With little money, Harlan Q convinces his Bible-thumping father to load the corpse in the back of their station wagon and take the road-trip to honor his grandfather's wishes. Along the way they pick up Warrior, a Hollywood-bound, Zen-minded actor-in-training. He surprisingly helps Harlan begin to understand his thoughts and life—separate from the thinking of his father—during a covert stop at his late grandfather's bar, Long Gone Daddy's.

Book Details

Format: Trade Paperback
Price: 8.95 CAD / 8.95 USD
Published: 2014-04-01
ISBN: 9781620917374
Page Count: 176
Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

"Hemphill strikes a confident balance between deep heartache and sharply irreverent humor." --Booklist

"[An] impressive debut. . . . Hemphill [is] a writer to watch." --Publishers Weekly

"The colorful and comedic travel tale will draw a broad range of readers, while those dealing with their own parental friction will sympathize with Harlan Q's struggles." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books