Unnamed Roads

Alissa Grosso
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 One unnamed girl. One cool guy. One sweepstakes-obsessed grandmother. 2400 miles.


When Petra Armstrong discovers a glaring error on her birth certificate, she decides it's time to go to Omaha, Nebraska to locate the mother she's never met, but Petra and her grandmother lack cars and the licenses needed to drive them. Enter Neil Finch, the cool guy from Petra's class who responds to her job request. This unlikely trio sets off on a whirlwind road trip adventure.


But learning the truth about her mother and her own origins, is only the beginning of Petra's problems. She's made a grand-prize-jackpot-sized mistake. Will she be able to fix things and get home in time, before history repeats itself?


Quirky characters and a heartwarming story make this contemporary YA novel from Alissa Grosso a treat to read. Travel across the country with Petra, Neil and Grandma Honey today in Unnamed Roads.

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About the author

 Alissa is the author of the YA novels Popular, Ferocity Summer and Shallow Pond as well as the nonfiction book How To Make Money Selling Vintage Items on Etsy. She lives in Pennsylvania and when she's not busy writing or selling stuff on the internet she's probably hanging out with her boyfriend Ron or walking her dog Jack. She shares her writing adventures on her weekly Awkward Author vlog and podcast and her reselling adventures on the Planet Alissa channel. For more information and to find out how to receive a free book visit alissagrosso.com.

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Alissa Grosso
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Published on
Mar 28, 2018
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Pages
244
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Language
English
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Young Adult Fiction / General
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I wanted to be a European boy. I wanted to live in an apartment across from a park in the heart of a city, and from my bedroom window look out on a crowded vista of hills and rooftops. I wanted to ride trams and understand strange languages.

Bill Bryson grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. As an adult he moved to England where he married his wife and raised his family. In 1987, he returned to the U.S. and his hometown, borrowed his mothers car and set out on a journey across the continental United States to research and write the travel book that would become The Lost Continent, which was published in 1989.

Neither his first book, or his first travel book, The Lost Continent, established Brysons reputation as a travel writer. During the course of the book, Bryson travels more than 14,000 miles and visits 38 of the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

The book is written in an easy, conversational style. Bryson wastes few opportunities to poke fun at himself, the destinations he visits and the people he meets along the way, but the lighthearted tone and Brysons sense of humor mean the book never becomes mean-spirited. Even in the spots that he finds genuinely pleasing, Bryson finds something to laugh at as was the case in Warm Springs, Georgia. On his way to visit the Little White House there, Bryson notes, The path was lined with large rocks from each state. Every governor had evidently been asked to contribute some hunk of native stone and here they were, lined up like a guard of honor. Its not often you see an idea that stupid brought to fruition.

MEET THE AUTHOR

Alissa Grosso is a young adult novelist, a book sales representative and serves as the personal servant to three ungrateful cats and one needy dog. When she has free time, she usually spends it outside. She lives in New Jersey. More information can be found at her website alissagrosso.com.

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

Bills father is no longer alive at the time of Bills cross country Lost Continent journey. However, we learn that he was a famous sportswriter. As the family patriarch he led Bill and his family on many road trips, where he had a tendency to get lost; preferred to avoid tourist traps, particularly those that cost too much money and was fond of visiting battlefields, much to his youngest sons chagrin.

Bills mother is still alive, when Bill takes his Lost Continent journey, and in fact her car serves as Bills wheels throughout the trip. Like most mothers, her primary concerns on any of Bills travels are that he has clean underwear and has been getting enough to eat.

Bills grandmother is long gone by the time of the writing of the book. He recalls her as a sweet woman who had a tendency to bake some unusual and not especially pleasant dishes. She had a habit of listening in to conversations on their local party line...

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CHAPTER OUTLINE

Bill Bryson's The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America

+ About the Book

+ About the Author

+ Overall Summary

+ List of Important People

+ ...and much more

ABOUT THE BOOK

After receiving a tip about a soccer team composed of refugee children in Clarkston, Georgia, New York Times journalist Warren St. John headed down there to see the team in action. The inspiring game he saw convinced him that he needed to write about the team.

St. John relocated to Georgia from New York. He followed the team (the Fugees) during the 2006 season, and into the beginning of 2007. As part of his research, he became friends with the Fugees’ coach, Luma Mufleh, as well as a number of the players and their families.

St. John wrote three articles for the New York Times while conducting his research in Georgia, and later wrote Outcasts United. The book was optioned for film by Universal Studios. St. John’s published articles helped to inspire national support for the team, including much needed donations of athletic gear and a letter writing campaign that helped the team return to their practice field.

MEET THE AUTHOR

Alissa Grosso is a young adult novelist, a book sales representative and serves as the personal servant to three ungrateful cats and one needy dog. When she has free time, she usually spends it outside. She lives in New Jersey. More information can be found at her website alissagrosso.com.

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

After a detailed description of the first Fugees game the author sees, he introduces readers to the people behind the team, beginning with their coach.

Luma Mufleh grew up in Jordan in a Westernized family whose business success granted them a life of privilege. She lived a lavish life; as a three year-old, she was given a brand new Mercedes. She went to American schools in Jordan and attended college in the United States.

A big inspiration in Luma’s life was Rhonda Brown, an American woman who had been Luma’s volleyball coach in Jordan. Luma did not at first like her coach’s tough style until she realized that it was actually helping to make her and her fellow teammates better players. Luma had a habit of joining young men in pickup games of soccer. Though her grandmother chastised her for this inappropriate behavior, she never told Luma’s father.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Paris is a beautiful city, and the following collection of photographs displays the many facets of that beauty. As the long-time capital of France, Paris is a city that is rich in history. A big reason Paris is such a beautiful city is the number of different historical buildings and landmarks throughout the city, which give it a unique character. It’s not surprising that the city is a center for culture and higher learning. Paris is a city that continues to move forward while celebrating its rich history, and some of the most beautiful sections of the city are where the past meets the present, such as the Louvre Museum or the stylish look of so many of the Metro stations.

MEET THE AUTHOR

Alissa Grosso is a young adult novelist, a book sales representative and serves as the personal servant to three ungrateful cats and one needy dog. When she has free time, she usually spends it outside. She lives in New Jersey. More information can be found at her website alissagrosso.com.

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

Paris is beloved by tourists around the world. Guided tours abound, but some tourists prefer to see the sights at their own pace. There’s so much to see and do, that you’ll likely run out of vacation time before you run out of destinations.

You won’t need to use any vacation time to take a tour of Paris in photographs. Tour iconic Parisian landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame. Stroll along the Champs-Elysees. View famous pieces of art in the world-renowned Louvre museum. Head underground to see the catacombs or step aboard a river boat to cruise down the Seine River.

The following photographs will give you a quick tour of Paris, complete with all the beauty that tourists travel the world to see.

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