Since the death of his grandfather, Leo's number one chore has been to chase after his grandmother who seems to wander away from home every few days. Now, Gram's decided to roam farther than ever. And despite his misgivings, Leo's going along for the ride. With his seventeen-year-old cousin, Abbey, and an old, gassy dog named Kermit, Leo joins Gram in a big, old Buick to leave their Pennsylvania home for a cross-country road trip filled with fold-out maps, family secrets, new friends, and dinosaur bones.
This is a middle grade comedy about death and food and family and fossils. It's about running away from home and coming back again. For Leo, it's about asking hard questions and hopefully finding some sensible answers. As if good sense has anything to do with it.
Against a backdrop of America's stunning size and beauty, How to Avoid Extinction talks about growing up, getting old, dreaming about immortality, and figuring out all the things we can — and can't — leave behind.
We've been receiving loads of praise for Paul's new novel!
“[A] fast-paced family story full of humor and heart…A cast of memorable characters, intelligent banter, and wry humor reminiscent of Richard Peck or Gary Paulsen make this an authentic and unforgettable journey.” – School Library Journal
“Serves up witty jokes in spades…Love plus laughter is pretty much an extinction-proof formula for a middle-grade book…a satisfyingly hopeful family drama will find plenty to dig up and enjoy here.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Late in the book, a character sums up the plot by saying, ‘That's the key to happiness….Join the right circus.’…This book is the right circus.” – Kirkus Reviews
"With a compelling plot, sparkling dialogue, and pitch-perfect narrative, readers will dig this masterfully crafted novel about life, families, and friendship." —David Lubar, author of Hidden Talents and Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
"HOW TO AVOID EXTINCTION unearths a complex story of heart, humor, and hope. I laughed. I cried. I may have to get an allosaurus tattoo. And definitely eat a donut." —Erin Dionne, author of the 14 Day Mystery series
I can't say it better than these quotes -- humor, heart, hope. This is the kind of book that makes you feel better about the world. You can find it here: