The 40th anniversary edition of a groundbreaking teen classic
When the grandmother who raised him dies, Davy Ross, a lonely thirteen-year-old boy, must move to Manhattan to live with his estranged mother. Between alcohol-infused lectures about her self-sacrifice and awkward visits with his distant father, Davy’s only comfort is his beloved dachshund Fred. Things start to look up when he and a boy from school become friends. But when their relationship takes an unexpected turn, Davy struggles to understand what happened and what it might mean.
“Shattering... frank... intelligent.”—_Horn Book_
“This book... should be available wherever young people read.”—_New York Times_
“Sophisticated... remarkably touching._”
_ New York Times _Best of 1969 Book List
_ School Library Journal Best of 1969 Book List
This anniversary edition features reflections from Brent Hartinger (_Geography Club_), Martin Wilson (_What They Always Tell Us_), and Kathleen T. Horning (Director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center), with a foreword by Stacey Donovan (_Dive_).
About the Author
John Donovan was a novelist and a playwright, who also served as the president of the Children's Book Council._ I'll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip_. was originally published in 1969 and reprinted by Dell in 1973.