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A country music hopeful puts her Nashville dreams on hold when she moves into an RV to travel across the country with her family in this charming new novel from the author of Breaking the Ice.
When twelve-year-old Maya’s parents sell their house and move the family into the world’s ugliest RV to travel the country, Maya’s only goal is to get back home—and fast. No way is she going to miss the chance to audition for Dueling Duets, the singing competition show that’s going to surely propel her—and her cowboy-hatted crush—to country stardom.
Operation Maya Goes Home, or OMGH, turns out to be more complicated than she had expected, so Maya sets out on a secret one-day, one-hundred-mile bike ride through Yellowstone National Park with her know-it-all little sister, a cute nature boy, and blue-haired, earbud-addicted Shiver (a.k.a. the most annoying girl ever). Somewhere between the worst muscle ache she’s ever experienced and losing half of their group to a flat tire, Maya starts wondering if maybe, just maybe, it’s possible to find home in the last place you expected.
About the Author
Gail Nall lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her family and more cats than necessary. She once drove a Zamboni, has camped in the snow in June, and almost got trampled in Paris. Gail is the author of the middle grade novel Breaking the Ice, the coauthor of You’re Invited and You’re Invited Too, and the author of the young adult novel Exit Stage Left. You can find her online at GailNall.com and on Twitter as @GaileCN.
“Dad putters up to our house . . . grinning like he just watched the Tennessee Titans win the Super
Bowl—and that’s when I know he’s completely lost it.” Maya’s only warning that her life is about to be
shaken like a rug comes when she hears the approach of the RV soon to be known as Bertha, while she
practices for the country music reality TV show Dueling Duets. After Maya’s father lost his job, her
parents talked about moving, but this? This is camping—all the time! Maya does everything she can to
impede their departure but is forced to hit the road. While her parents envision blazing a swath across the
country, Maya begins scheming, determined to make it back to Nashville for her audition. Like many
travelers before her, however, Maya’s resistance wanes as the road starts to teach its lessons. This quirky
and entertaining coming-of-age story is perfect for middle-grade readers, with enough realistic family
dynamics, sarcasm, adventure, and music to keep them entertained until the closing number.
— Meghan Oppelt