Coaster


By Betsy Duffey

Viking (1994)


Awards:

YALSA Recommended Books

Garden State Children’s Book Award


Reviews:

“The story's strength lies in the depiction of the main character's struggle with his idealization of his unreliable, absentee father. The ever-present image of roller coasters effectively twists its way throughout the novel, and Hart's fascination with them is believable.” 

School Library Journal


“This nuanced portrait of the changed mother-son interaction after a divorce also captures a child's feelings about a parent who flits in and out of his life. Secret roller coasters and summer plans add zip to the story.”

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