"Monday through Wednesday, we called our thin stretch of land Kansaska. Thursday through Saturday, we called it Nebransas. Sundays are the Lord's Day."-Page 3
"Realizing that we were headed farther and farther up into Nebraska, Fish and I scrambled to our knees to peer out the window"-Page 74
"This is all Mibs's fault!" said Bobbi.-Page 115
"There! You can pick up your consolation prize-that should cover your last paycheck!" said Ozzie.-Page 173
Emerald Truck Stop Diner and Lounge
The main characters in the book were Momma, Poppa, and Mibs Beaumont. The supporting characters of the book are Samson, Fish, Lester, Lill, Will Junior, Miss Rosemary, and Bobbi. The story took place is Nebransas-Kansaska. The point of view is told by Mibs in first person.
"Lester, you stupid, senseless man! Get your scrawny butt down here right now!" Carlene shouted.-Page 260
"I'm in the wall. I'm in the wall. I'm in the wall." Samson repeated.-Page 282
The problem in the book was that Mibs wanted to go to Salina to save Poppa. Mibs, Will Junior, Bobbi, Samson, and Fish all boarded a bible delivery bus to go to Salina because on the bus it said the bus was from Salina. The kids met the bus driver, Lester. They took a different turn and it lead the opposite direction. The type of conflict was Character versus Society.
"Sir, you've got to believe me-this is all my fault! I just wanted to see my Poppa!" Mibs cried.-Page 292
Mibs is at her 13th birthday party and Poppa at Salina is still in her mind. She decides to board a bus to Salina with Bobbi, Will Junior, Fish, and Samson. They take a wrong turn and come upon a lady named Lill Kitely, who's car broke down. She works at a diner and gets fired the day she was late. Then they stay the night at a motel. They get up and go to Lester's boss and some bad things happen.
Once Lester gets to his boss's house, Carlene, Lester mouths of to Carlene and gets fired. They all leave her house and Lester is very upset, but Carlene took Samson. He is a good hider, so Mibs uses her savvy, reading ink off people and writes a smiley face on Carlene's foot. The ink tells her where Samson is. A lot of screaming and fighting happens as well.
"It's Samson. I can hear him!" Mibs shouted.-Page 282
A bunch of police cars arrive and Will Junior confesses his secret to Mibs. Mibs starts crying hysterically because she needs to get to her Poppa in Salina. Will Juniors's father finds a way to get Mibs, Fish, and Samson to Salina in time.
"I know your dad's over there in the hospital in Salina, I know you probably just wanted to go find him, so we will do just that!" Officer Meeks said.-Page 294
Mibs gets to Salina and uses her savvy, reading ink off of people and talks to Poppa's mermaid tattoo and tells him not to give up and that she is here. Poppa wakes up and everything is happy again. All of the Beaumont's, Momma, Poppa, Mibs, Fish, and Samson, live happily again with their Poppa.
"Poppa, that's right! You don't give up! Can you hear me, Poppa! It's me, Mibs!"-Page 329