The Colossus of Roads

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Holiday House, Apr 1, 2020 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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From the author of the acclaimed The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle comes a tale of traffic jams, secret plans, and one eleven-year-old boy's determination to save his family's livelihood.

Rick Rusek's stomach has a lot to say. It's got opinions on tasty foods, not-so-tasty foods, and driving in traffic-jammed Los Angeles makes it roil, boil, gurgle, and howl. It's doing the best it can. It never meant to earn its owner the nickname Carsick Rick or make him change schools for fifth grade.

And Rick's stomach isn't the only one dealing with terrible traffic. His family's catering service, Smotch, is teetering on the verge of ruin after a rash of late deliveries and missed appointments. Fortunately, Rick has the solution. Unfortunately, no one wants to listen to a kid.

Absolutely certain that he could fix the constant, endless traffic snarls, Rick hatches a plan. But he'll need help from his unicorn-loving Girl Scout neighbor, a famous street artist, and the best driver in L.A. Together they'll take on the stream of stalled cars--and a secret conspiracy or two, too.

It's going to be tough, but Rick won't give up. If he can successfully move the 330,000 slow-moving cars standing in the way of his family's future, maybe everyone will see that he's not Carsick Rick. He's one of the seven wonders of Los Angeles.

He's the Colossus of Roads.
 

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User Review  - jennybeast - LibraryThing

Enjoyable read with more than a little wishful thinking about traffic solutions. Loved the humorous dialogue with Rick's nervous and opinionated stomach, loved his friendship with Mila and her family ... Read full review

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Contents

Cheeseburgers Yes
1
Do the Right Thing
14
The Best Driver in LA
40
Youll Be Safe with Me
62
Speed Limit Unicorn
76
Focus on the Happy Things in Life
89
SPLAT
111
Lying Down Is Not Colossal
134
She Could Yell a Lot
157
Let the Brainstorm Flow
171
The Future Belongs to Those Who Believe
184
Authors Road Sign Note
197
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Christina Uss' first novel, The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle, was selected for the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, Maine Student Book Award list, Vermont's Dorothy Canfield Fisher list and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. It received starred reviews from Shelf Awareness, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews and Publisher's Weekly. Christina lives in East Longmeadow MA.

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