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The Middle of Somewhere

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Let's face it, that summer trip in the car with your family is usually lots of fun, but it can be pretty stressful, too. The road trip that Ronnie Sparks is about to head out on definitely falls into the "stressful" category.

Ronnie's mom has had knee surgery and wants a break from Ronnie and her hyperactive little brother. That's where Ronnie's grandfather and a mobile home come into the picture. Ronnie's grandfather wants to invest in wind, so Ronnie, Gee (her brother's nickname) and Pop set off in search of some. Along the way, they discover tourist attractions such as the world's largest hand-dug well, a barbed wire museum, chalk pyramids and the world's biggest ball of twine. Ronnie also discovers that some of life's best moments can't be predicted, and that you won't know you're in the middle of something great until you're there.

After all, being in the middle of somewhere is better than being in the middle of nowhere.

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