Why We Took The Car

Why We Took the Car Book Cover German eighth grader, Mike Klingenberg, is a boring kid with no friends.  He is left alone for two weeks while his mother is in rehab and his father is away on a “business trip” with his attractive secretary.  Andrej Tschichatschow, aka Tschick, is a Russian immigrant, the new kid in school, and also not popular. When Tschick shows up in a stolen beat-up Soviet-era car, the boys head out of Berlin on a road trip adventure across Germany.  They have no map, no cell phone, and no plan. They meet some bizarre characters, dodge the police, and travel the autobahn.  This is an insightful, exuberant, and highly engaging coming of age novel. mjw
Title: Why We Took The Car
Author: Wolfgang Herrndorf
Illustrator
: Wolfgang Herrndorf
Publisher
: Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., New York
Copyright
: 2014
Original language
: German
Translator
: Tim Mohr
Original title
: Tschick
Original publisher
: Rowohlt Verlag
Original copyright
: 2010
ISBN
: 978-0-545-48180-9
Hardcover pages
: 256
Age range
: 14-17
Genre
: Contemporary realistic fiction
Book setting
: Germany
Author’s residence
: Germany
Awards
: German Youth Literature Prize
Subjects
: Adventure, Automobile theft, Berlin, Cars, Friends, Germany, Russians, Western Europe

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