Genre: MG Realistic Fiction, Historical Setting
Gordon’s life changes drastically when his family moves, and then, still reeling from the assassination of President Kennedy, he makes a shocking discovery. His father lived a secret life. Gordon travels a thousand miles, alone, to find the truth, and the half-brother he never knew he had.
In Orlando, Florida, seventeen-year-old Marty Chase wins an essay contest to see his favorite band, The Beatles, perform live in New York City on The Ed Sullivan Show. A hard working overachiever with a loving and supportive mother, Marty struggles with his anger toward an emotionally distant father, Lou. In New York, where he hopes one day to write for the Times, Marty’s outlook for his future seems to be looking up.
As the two brothers’ physical and emotional journeys parallel each other, they eventually intersect, where they come to understand the true meaning of a father’s love, and in the end – a brother’s love as well.
I knew if I stepped off the train, I'd never find out the truth, so I leaned back in my seat, thinking about what my parents would do when they found out I'd gone.