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Hey Canada! book cover

Hey Canada!
Tundra Books, 2012

Get Ready, Canada. We're Coming

I'm Alice, nine years old, reporting from the backseat of the car. I'm writing this blog on Gran's netbook. My cousin Cal is sitting up front because he gets carsick. He's eight. Gran is driving.

The trip is her idea. She says she wants to do a road trip with her grandkids before she's old and cready. On the back of her car she's glued a bumper sticker: "CANADA - COAST TO COAST TO COAST!" It's next to her other bumper sticker: "CAUTION: DRIVER MAY BE SINGING." (True, unfortunately.)

We'll be starting in St. John's, the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador. The plan is to drive through every province and territory in Canada, camping along the way. We'll visit every capital city. But Gran says we should be open to unexpected detours. We should welcome surprises on this trip.

1. No whining.
2. No asking "Are we there yet?" (If you do, I will start to sing opera. Loudly.)
3. No wildlife in the car. (Except hamsters.)
4. Feed the driver cookies.

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