I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth The Trip.

By John Donovan

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The 40th anniversary edition of a groundbreaking teen classic. When the grandmother who raised him dies, Davy Ross, a lonely thirteen-year-old boy, must move to Manhattan to live with his estranged mother. Between alcohol-infused lectures about her self-sacrifice and awkward visits with his distant father, Davy’s only comfort is his beloved dachshund Fred. Things start to look up when he and a boy from school become friends. But when their relationship takes an unexpected turn, Davy struggles to understand what happened and what it might mean.

About the Author(s)

John Donovan was a novelist and a playwright, who also served as the president of the Children's Book Council. I'll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip. was originally published in 1969 and reprinted by Dell in 1973.

  • Paperback ISBN: 9780738721347
  • Ebook ISBN: 9780738727172
  • Reading Age: from 12 to 18 years
  • Interest Age: from 12 to 18 years
  • Paperback dimensions: 5.19 x 8 in
  • Publication date: Sep 08, 2010
  • Rights/Sales territory: Worldwide
  • Format: Paperback | Ebook
  • Pages: 240
  • Imprint: Flux
  • Subjects:
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Parents
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / General

Reviews of I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth The Trip.:

“Shattering… frank… intelligent.”—Horn Book “This book… should be available wherever young people read.”—New York Times “Sophisticated… remarkably touching.” —Time magazine New York. This anniversary edition features reflections from Brent Hartinger (Geography Club), Martin Wilson (What They Always Tell Us), and Kathleen T. Horning (Director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center), with a foreword by Stacey Donovan (Dive).

"Shattering ... frank ... intelligent." —Horn Book

"This book ... should be available wherever young people read." —New York Times

"Sophisticated ... remarkably touching." —Time magazine New York

Awards received by I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth The Trip.:

Time magazine New York Times Best of 1969 Book List

School Library Journal Best of 1969 Book List

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