D is Dane & dads & other Dead Ends, by Erin Jade Lange (book review)

book cover of Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange published by BloomsburyNo dad – no big deal or no rest until he’s found?

If his single mom would start cashing in her winning lottery tickets instead of framing them, Dane wouldn’t be the poor kid in school, so ready with his fists.

If Billy D’s dad had stayed with his family, everything would be wonderful, believes the teen with Down syndrome.

If Dane and Billy D had listened to their friend Seely, they wouldn’t be in trouble as they hunted for Billy D’s dad – big, big trouble.

Listening to Dane explain everyday sayings to so-literal Billy D makes for some light moments in this very tense story.

When do you decide that it’s time to finally stop searching for something?

Book info: Dead Ends / Erin Jade Lange. Bloomsbury, 2013. [author site]  [publisher site]   Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.

My book talk: A school-assigned partnership leads to a road trip with huge consequences for bully Dane and bullied Billy D.

If walking the new special ed kid to school will keep Dane from being expelled for fighting, he’ll do it. If showing Dane and Seely the clues in his atlas will help him find his dad again, Billy D will do it.

Dane gave up on finding his dad long ago, Seely’s two dads have taught her freedom and responsibility, and Billy D is utterly certain that his dad left those atlas clues so he can be found.

After traveling with Seely uncover more information, Billy D insists that Dane take him one more place to look for his dad… but forgets to share some vital information.

Expectations, high and low, create anxious situations for these teens and their families – will all their searching just lead to Dead Ends?  (One of 6,000 books recommended on www.abookandahug.com)

4 thoughts on “D is Dane & dads & other Dead Ends, by Erin Jade Lange (book review)

  1. i love that you are reviewing books for the challenge – i love reading reviews! glad i found you!

    life is full of disappointments, it’s a hard lesson to learn, but creating your own special moments is the key to dealing with it – i’m hoping the journey shows that in the book!

    happy d day!

  2. I’ve come across quite a few book review themes on the A to Z. Yours is a great one!
    Thanks for sharing this information, it helps people to get a good idea of what the books are about. 🙂

  3. Love this theme for the challenge. As a writer and an elementary school library tech…I’ll be reading your blog all month long to discover new reads and great authors.

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