Turn Left at the Cow
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Lisa Bullard
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Thirteen-year-old Trav has always wondered about his dead-before-he-was-born dad. But when he heads from California to his grandmother's house in rural Minnesota, hoping to learn about his past, he gets more than he bargained for.

It turns out his dad was involved in a bank robbery right before he mysteriously disappeared, and the loot from the take is still missing.

Along with Kenny and Iz, the kids next door, Trav embarks on a search for the cash. But the trio’s adventure quickly turns dangerous when it becomes clear that someone else is looking for the money—someone who won’t give up without a fight!

1.   Do you live in a small town? A large city? On a farm? On an island? If you went to live in a place that was the opposite of where you live, what would you miss about your current life? What would you look forward to in that opposite place?
2.   Not only does Trav move to a place that's the opposite of where he lives but he's also been an only child. Now there are kids living next door that mean as much to him as siblings. Do you have friends like that?
3.   Turn Left at the Cow is a mystery. What were the clues you noticed along the way? Did you try to solve the mystery early? What were your guesses? When did you think you had the mystery figured out? Were you right?
4.   Trav is suspicious of a number of people in this story. Were you convinced that he was right?
5.   Do you know what a "red herring" is? That's when an author puts in clues that turn out to be pointing in the wrong direction. Can you name the red herrings in Turn Left at the Cow?
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