Greyhound Ushered out from his Stockton California home by his emotionally detached mother and her latest boyfriend twelve year old Sebastien Ranes must fend for himself and travel two thousand miles across t

  • Title: Greyhound
  • Author: Steffan Piper
  • ISBN: 9780982555095
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Paperback
  • Greyhound

    Ushered out from his Stockton, California home by his emotionally detached mother and her latest boyfriend, twelve year old Sebastien Ranes must fend for himself and travel two thousand miles across the country He is on his way to live with his grandmother and sister in Pennsylvania Along the way, he will learn that sometimes caring, guidance and understanding can come fUshered out from his Stockton, California home by his emotionally detached mother and her latest boyfriend, twelve year old Sebastien Ranes must fend for himself and travel two thousand miles across the country He is on his way to live with his grandmother and sister in Pennsylvania Along the way, he will learn that sometimes caring, guidance and understanding can come from some unlikely people Marcus, a fellow bus passenger, is a man who has been neglected by society than his family As a young black ex con, he is not the epitome of the person most would pick as a chaperone for their child s cross country trip Yet rather than be held apart by their differences, Marcus and Sebastien are drawn together by the things that make us all alike.Along the way, he acts as both guide and protector, as Virgil was to Dante and Jim to Huck Finn Imparting his own style of wisdom, he shows Sebastien that, despite the darker parts of the human condition, people can and do care for one another This is a modern day journey not just from one house to another This is a journey taken by a young boy into manhood, and by the reader into his world Like every trip, there are many stops along the way But this journey differs in the way young Sebastien arrives at his destination Greyhound is the story of this journey.

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    1. Shannon

      onesweetshannon.tumblr/posA lifelong reader now in my later 30’s, it’s rare that I finish something and declare it one of my all-time favorites. I mean, that is reserved for the books that I have loved for decades and have read and re-read more than I can remember. I think the last books to be added to my favorites were Sons and Lovers and The Rainbow, both by D.H. Lawrence, that entered the list in my early 20’s. Enter the newcomer — Steffan Piper’s Greyhound. I hope it finds a wide a [...]

    2. Robin (Bridge Four)

      dnf @ 20%It's 2018 and I have less reading time and I've decided that I'm going to be better at dnf'ing things I'm just not interested in.Sorry Greyhound but you didn't keep my attention. This started out decent with an 11 year old Sebastien Ranes being put on a bus by his mother to travel from California to Philadelphia so that she can run off with yet another Mr. Wrong in a long line of Mr. You'll Do For the Moment. This is a journey story and I probably just wasn't in the mood for one of thos [...]

    3. Megan Bostic

      Greyhound is one of those books that stays with you long after you've turned the last page. It’s one of those books you hate to put down. A book you can’t wait to get back to.The story follows 11 year old, Sebastian, as he embarks on a solo cross country bus trip. His mother has shipped him off to his grandparents so she can begin life again with a new husband and no baggage. Sebastian meets a number of Greyhound employees, bus drivers, and passengers, some good, some not so good, along the [...]

    4. papasteve

      What do you do once you've sat in your seat on the airplane, and you're either sitting next to someone who has similarly been slid into the seat with a shoe horn, or you're waiting for the person to take the seat next to you? A majority of the people who have been seat mates on an airplane have immediately put their nose in a book, or pulled out their crescent shaped pillow and closed their eyes. But I have had some of the most amazing conversations with people who were willing to engage with an [...]

    5. Ruthie

      Loved this book - easy read but a real feel good. Great for YA and book clubs. A coming of age story that shows how one person can make a huge difference in the life of another. Don't want to give too much away!NWE!! Our book club selected this book to read. Two of our members, Melanie and Cheryl were posting about the book, and all of a sudden the author chimed in! He left a detailed message about the story that was very enlightening. The story is very autobiographical, and he did have a Greyho [...]

    6. Deanna

      DNFWidely appreciated as a touching, enjoyable story about a young boy alone on a cross country bus trip. Sounds promising enough. Many reviewers have best-book-ever feelings about this one. Some think that if you don’t appreciate this one you have no heart or soul. It’s that kind of book. So much there to feel muchly about. Unfortunately that’s not my kind of read—being neatly, predictably set up with everything that I MUST feel about. After the first couple of paragraphs I felt I could [...]

    7. Heather

      I've survived a few long-distance Greyhound trips (though fortunately never cross-country, ouch!), and some family angst (though fortunately not to the degree of young Sebastian, ouch again!), and picked this book off the new releases shelf on a whim. I figured it would be a quick read to pass some free time on a weekend retreat. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it anywhere near as much as I did. The synopsis on the back makes it sound like it's going to be a series of amusing encounters along the vo [...]

    8. Jennifer Hummer

      Sweet and heartfelt. There are so many perfect descriptions of the 80's here. The author balances humor and heartbreak as his character discovers that his mother simply does not love him enough. Rather than try to win her love, Sebastian realizes that others can fill this void if he lets them. A touching and memorable story.

    9. David Galloway

      Greyhound is the story of Sebastien Raines, a timid white boy about to turn twelve who is abandoned by his Mother who drops him off at a Greyhound station in Stockton, CA with thirty bucks and a ticket to his father's parents in Altoona, PA. Very soon after leaving Sebastien meets Marcus, a young black man recently released from prison travelling to visit his mother in New York City. Marcus will become a profound influence upon Sebastien, teaching him about Langston Hughes, respecting others whi [...]

    10. Lindsay Nixon

      Oh, god. This was such a beautiful, charming story. It's hard to use those words with the conditions Sebastian endured, but the love and care shown to him by strangers gives love back to humanity. This story is the careful portrayal of the Human spirit.

    11. Lovepat

      I have to say that I really found a great deal of this story to be as grey and depressing as the title mode of transportation. The main character is a young boy who is incredibly neglected and abused. How sad to spend your 12th b-day alone on a crumby cross country bus I actually almost put the book down as I was so expecting a crushingly ugly ending. I am glad I didn't, because, despite the disappointing realities, the saving grace of the story was the kindness and downright decency of many str [...]

    12. Nicholle

      The cover is the best part about this book, and even it isn't very good. Full of cliches, words and descriptions a 12-year old would never use, and all without a compelling story. Barely even has the super-saccharine ending I was expecting and it attempts. Oof. Interested to see how the book discussion group feels about it.

    13. Waco Glennon

      I have not been reading many young adult novels, but I am so pleased that I spent time with this one. The description pulled me in. I liked the idea of a cross country trip. I liked that the final destination was Altoona, PA. There is a deceptive innocence to this novel. There are crises and chaotic situations that occur during the narrative that are appropriate for the era (1981), but they are not overdone, nor are they easily resolved as if this were a half-hour sit-com that grew a conscience. [...]

    14. k.wing

      I love coming of age stories. There's something about seeing a character 'become' that makes everything in my body down to my bones cry 'yes!'. I especially loved following Sebastian and watching him 'become'. I've taken the Greyhound a few times, and man does it take years off of your life (or in Sebastian's case, put years on it). But there is something magnetic about the Greyhound that brings all of these fascinating, scary, and wonderful people together in one place for a concentrated, satur [...]

    15. Tricia Schwennesen

      This is a totally different take on a cross country road trip and while it is at its heart a coming-of-age tale, it's like none I've ever read. I loved the main character, Sebastian and was blown away by his youth, yet wiser in years personality. His inner dialogue was engaging, and I loved his oberservations and descriptions of the world around him. I loved the detail in defineing his mother, her aloofness, her selfishness and neglect. I was routing for Sebbie all the way. I also appreciated th [...]

    16. Katie

      A nice travel and coming of age story, as an 11 year old is sent across the country by himself in the 1980s and makes his first real friend. This is how public transportation still feels, if you open yourself to the characters you'll find there. (Well, people aren't as openly racist now, thank goodness.)My only critique of the book: the dialogue tags. No other book has ever used the word "rejoined" so frequently. And that's such a small thing. [update: Though now I see there are more books about [...]

    17. Lori Anderson

      Unexpectedly fabulous. A 12 year old boy is essentially sent to travel across the US to go live with his grandparents because his mother and soon-to-be stepfather can't be bothered by having a kid. They also forgot to tell the grandparents he was on the way, too.The unlikely friendships he makes along the way and life lessons learned (some thanks to Langston Hughes) was heartwarming as well as heartbreaking.As a teenager in the 80's, I had to do a lot of shuffling between parents via Greyhound. [...]

    18. Shelby P

      I'm so happy that this book came across my radar because otherwise I would've missed out on a wonderful story. Who would have thought reading about a cross country trip on a bus could be so interesting??Some people should never be mothers and Sebastien's mother is one of those people. I liked the cast of characters and many were so vivid: Marcus, Monty, Harley Earl, the waitresses, the bad guys! I would have liked an epilogue years in the future where Sebastien runs into Marcus but other than th [...]

    19. Monica Tomasello

      Loved this book! The relationship between Sebastian and Marcus was beautiful and I appreciated Marcus's words of wisdom to Sebastian. Piper packs a lot into this four day bus trip. There's never a dull moment. While some of the content might be a little rough for teens (parents might want to preview), I think that both adults and young adults will enjoy the story.

    20. Ariana

      This book started off slow but by the end if you don't love Sebastian and Marcus, there might be something wrong with your soul. I really liked this journey story.

    21. Kim L.

      This is such a sweet story. Sebastian is loveable and his relationship with Marcus is extraordinary. I never expected a book set on a Greyhound bus to be so interesting.

    22. Dave

      I was moved many times throughout this touching, quick novel by Steffan Piper, and appropriately Sebastien Ranes, our erstwhile 12 year old main character was, in fact, always on the move. It's been a few years, but I have traveled essentially the same route Sebastien traveled, albeit on the Southwest Chief Amtrak line from Chicago to Flagstaff and back. Turns out, the Greyhound bus lines run a similar vein criss-crossing the canyoned Southwest, through the fertile Midwest and into the lush, dec [...]

    23. Jill Ray

      This was an outstanding book; an amazing coming-of-age road-trip story. The language (first person p.o.v. from a 12 year old boy, Sebastian, with a bad family life and limited world experience) was heartbreakingly sparse and honest, yet nuanced and at times beautifully detailed. I loved the pacing of the story and the reveal and development of the characters, especially Sebastian and his friend, Marcus.In many ways I wish I could read this book as a teenager first and then re-read it again now a [...]

    24. Debby

      This audio book was a Daily Special with Audible for under $4.00. Some of the reviewers didn't seem very smitten with book-- one, in particular, commented they gave up because they couldn't deal with the child abuse. What was he/she talking about??!!First, the narrator elevated my rating to five stars. His narration so many different characters was so well done, that it seemed like more than one narrator. Excellent job!As far as child abuse goes yes, Sebastien's mother is a loser. She's more int [...]

    25. Colleen

      From the moment I started reading Greyhound, I was hooked by the main character, a 12 year old boy about to board a bus across America alone so that his mother's new husband won't have to raise a child that isn't his own. Sebastian is a wonderful character- naive and sensitive and astonishingly open-minded given his situation. It is so telling that is he surprised every time an adult reacts take-aback by his mother's decision to pack him off to PA on a bus; he apparently expects nothing better.T [...]

    26. Pam Glazier

      I've read as much of this awful book as I'm going to. I just cannot go on. The plot is boring and predictable--and yes, you'd probably expect that in a road trip story, but it goes beyond that. Nothing new and interesting is being said. It feels like the main character is just repeating, "well, I'm on a bus, now I'm at a diner, now I'm on the bus again." Another detractor is the large amount of time this book spends inside the protagonist's head. The protagonist is mean and critical, yet "innoce [...]

    27. Sarah

      Ugh. I really wanted to like this book. The story is good--poor kid with a negligent mother is sent to live with his grandma across the country, and travels three days aboard a Greyhound bus, making new friends, having adventures, and learning life lessons. Two main problems: one, Piper is (to me) an annoying writer. I personally love the word SAID, as in, "Hello," I said. Piper HATES the word SAID but LOVES dialogue, which goes like this: "Thank you," I uttered, "Hello," I stated, and "Good mor [...]

    28. Maria Paiz

      An inconvenience in her life as she plans to remarry (again), Sebastien Ranes's mother puts him on a Greyhound bus with $35 in his pocket to travel across the country to live with a grandmother he barely knows. At age 11, Sebastien is no stranger to abuse or neglect, and feels anxious as he sets off on his journey, stuttering when talking to strangers. Then he meets Marcus, a young black man just out of prison. Marcus quickly becomes Sebastien's first real friend, the one person in his brief lif [...]

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