Why we took the car german tschick is a youth novel by wolfgang herrndorf first published in german by rowohlt verlag in 2010 the english edition translated by tim mohr was published by scholastic in 2014 it deals with the unconventional friendship between a 14 year old middle class boy and a russian late repatriate youngster. Peter wittig german ambassador to the us suggested why we took the car he was quoted as sayingtschick is about two 14 year old boys both social outcasts one from a bourgeois background the other a russian returnee who borrow a car take a road trip and develop an unusual friendship note tschick is the original german title. I read lots of reviews of road trip books but wolfgang herrndorfs why we took the car leapt out at me rarely are the protagonists of road trip books anything other than american and even more rarely are they too young to be able to drive and i have to admit that i fell in love right away with a kid who takes watering the lawn as an . Why we took the car by wolfgang herrndorf children girl defective by simmone howell view full list more young adult similar books suggested by our critics children killing time in crystal city by chris lynch children the end of fun by sean mcginty children where things come back. Why we took the car is both a road trip novel and a wonderfully tender coming of age story of two pubescent runaways that is set in the back blocks of the former east berlin maik klingenberg is
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