Made in the USA - Large Print Author:Billie Letts Luttie McFee's history has taught her to avoid attachments... to people, to places, and to almost everything. With her mother long dead and her father long gone to find his fortune in Las Vegas, 15-year-old Luttie lives in the god-forsaken town of Yankton, South Dakota with her nine-year-old brother, Fate, and Floy Satterfield, the 300-pound... more » ex-girlfriend of her father. While Lutie shoplifts for kicks, Fate spends most of his time reading, watching weird TV shows and worrying about global warming and the endangerment of pandas. As if their life is not dismal enough, one day, while shopping in their local Wal-Mart, Floy keels over and the two motherless kids are suddenly faced with the choice of becoming wards of the state or hightailing it out of town in Floy's old Pontiac. Choosing the latter, they head off to Las Vegas in search of a father who has no known address, no phone number and, clearly, no interest in the kids he left behind.« less
Kiely H. reviewed Made in the USA (Large Print) on
Great easy read with fun characters that I really got to like. Lutie and Fate are abandoned by their father and he leaves them with his girlfriend when he runs off to Vegas. When the woman dies Lutie and Fate are on their own - scared of becoming foster kids they take the car and $300 they are able to find in their home and head off to Vegas in search of their father. Only 15 years old Lutie has dreams of becoming a star but she soon realizes life in Vegas is not easy and help from a very kind mysterious stranger saves their lives.
Excellent book! The story of a teenage girl and younger brother leaving their trbouled life behind in SD to travel to Las Vegas to find a father that never cared about them. This is the story of what they do to survive on the streets of Las Vegas. Gritty stuff for Lutie to deal with and her young brother wanting to fit in at a decent school. Lutie and Fate must learn to trust again and find a "family" in an unexpected way.
I definitely recommended this one! The author does an excellent job of telling Lutie's story as well as her brother, Fate's story as well. Good description of the characters and the situations. Loved it!