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RULES of the ROAD
by Joan Bauer
Joan Bauer has written many hilarious books for teenagers such as SQUASHED and STICKS. This book continues in that tradition. Jenna Boller feels like a misfit at school - but she shines in her after school job selling shoes. She catches the attention of the elderly store owner who hires Jenna to be her driver on a business trip. During their comical visits to other stores across the country, Jenna learns to love her somewhat gruff employer and the equally elderly friend Harry who becomes the father Jenna always wished she had. This book is funny, sad, and altogether a delight to read.
Read an interesting Author Interview with Joan Bauer.
Here is an excerpt:
"I never sold shoes like Jenna in RULES of the ROAD, but I was in space sales for ten years and my father was a fine salesman, so I pulled from those experiences and stuck them in this unusual shoe business that not many people know much about. Selling happens all around us --- some of it is hype and some of it, like Jenna's brand, is honorable. I wanted to show the difference. Also, I loved the metaphor of shoes taking us down life's road. Selling shoes doesn't sound very exciting --- all those smelly feet --- but Jenna finds great excitement and passion in it."