I listened to it this week because I'm waiting for a long audiobook to come in so I can't start a full-on story right now. Also, cuts down on chair dancing which, from what I hear, isn't a safe workplace activity) so I've decided the solution to my waiting period is to listen to middle grade books. Things have changed, for the most part, so I'm going to pretend this was written with reluctant readers in mind, in general, though, it truly does seem like something aimed specifically at 5th-7th-grade boys in 1994. Synopsis: Main character, Brady, is outside watching the Pleiades meteor shower during his last summer before 9th grade when he hears a crash nearby. Carver , is a coroner and Brady's heard stories from the twin neighbor kids, his closest frenemies, about dead bodies and the like.
But middle school boys who like adventure may identify with Brady and be enticed to read some more of Hobbs' adventure stories.
At first I didn't think it would be all that great and I put it off to the end of winter recess to read (it was required). A teen named Brady and his cousin Quinn are having a normal summer of adventure, but they end up finding a valuable space rock that crashed through Brady's roof. Quinn's dad dates Crystal's mom, and the Carver's, Brady, and Quinn become friends.
Brady Steele watches in awe as a meteorite crashes through the roof of his bedroom. Brady immediately calls up his cousin, Quinn.
Go Big or Go Home by Will Hobbs is about an average boy named Brady who's bedroom is attacked by a meteorite him and his cousin, Quinn name Fred.
This book was about a teen boy who was watching a meteorite shower one night and one crashed through his roof!
Brady called Quinn right away and when he answered Brady told him he had seen the meteor shower. Brady asked if he could come see it and Quinn answered that he would talk his dad into and be there the next day. When his dad went to bed Brady told him he called Quinn to ask him to come visit and all his dad said was just dont count on it. The next morning Brady asked his dad what he thought Quinns dad was going to do about work and he told Brady that he had been to Wyoming to look at jobs and even put a payment on a trailor, and he told Brady not to count on them coming because they might already be on their way there. He had that dream that night before and woke up drooling all over his rock, he didnt want Quinn to know that. Quinns dad started to take his things out of the truck and then told them he was going to go to Sturgis on his Harley. When they were leaving she told Quinn that his dad had stopped there on his way to Sturgis and flittered with her mom Maggie. When they stopped Brady told Quinn he felt this power and it made him stronger. Brady told Quinn he wanted to leave. He was upset when they asked how much he was worth and he treated them like they didnt know anything but then Brady told him Quinn knew everything about space after testing him he believed them. The doctor cut a piece of Fred off to look at and told them to come back the next day. When they were fishing Quinn got a big bite a trout he hooked it and just then the Carver boys showed up on their boat to watch they told us it was probably a Pactola Lake record. We didnt have a net to get him so Brady decided to use his hands to get it in the raft but after a lot of tries it ended up breaking the line and got away. The Carver boys told them they better look at their raft it had a hole in it and the water was coming in fast. The Carvers offered to help take them back to shore they got Quinn on the boat and Brady went to hand them his backpack and it slipped out of Maxs hand and started sinking to the bottom. When they got to land they rode their bikes to the museum even though they didnt want to they figured they might as well see what Dr. Rip said about Fred. When they got home they both were upset they lost something important to both of them, Brady lost Fred and Quinn lost his monster trout. Brady didnt want him to know how scared he was so he didnt answer him but he decided to ask Quinn if he wanted to go explore the cave they found last summer and were to scared to go in. Quinn yelled for him to hold on and started coming back he knew wouldnt make in time and so did Brady. When he looked the dog he saw that the dog was looking at him and all of a sudden Attila had so much strength he pulled him and Brady right back on the cliff it scared them so bad and when they were sitting there resting they decided to name the hole and cliff Abyss of Hades. They left right after that and Quinn asked why Brady didnt use his strength. When they started to leave the Carvers asked them if they wanted their space rock back with all the excitement they had forgot about Fred. Max and Buzz were on one side and Brady and Quinn on the other, Brady told Quinn just run for it cause he wasnt going to be able to he felt the numbness coming back. The boys knew their dad was coming to do the autopsy and Brady couldnt scream or move. This is when he usually woke up but he didnt and just when Dr. Carver pulled the sheet down the boys ran in and told him someone had found Attila. Brady knew that Quinn would keep his promise but he didnt know where they were going until he heard Quinn tell them to stop and they had to walk the rest of the way. When they got back they all came into the cave and over to Brady the doctor looked at him and told him he hoped he had the antidote not only for him but himself cause he was starting to feel the same. The Carver boys were talking and decided sense Attila found the rock it was theirs cause he was a Caver and they picked it up to take it home. After talking about it Cal said the doctor was right, Brady could hear them talking and then he heard Quinn say I have the perfect place for Fred and they all followed him. His dad told him he was moving to Wyoming but that Quinn was going to be able to live with Brady for the school year. Brady was so happy but Quinn didnt say anything then he told his dad no they were a family and he was going with him no matter where it was. Brady looked at Quinn and they both knew it was the right thing, after all they went through it was best just to be together and alive. Brady was sitting on his porch watching the sunset when he seen Quinns dads truck coming. He ran to see what was going on and Quinn jumped out he explained that his dad and him didnt like Wyoming and that they belong in the Black Hills. Quinn told Brady he knew his dad and Maggie liked each other. Quinn knew Brady liked her and he told him he better ask her out before Buzz did. The next day Dr. Rip told Brady good bye he was going back to England but he decided every summer from now on the Black Hills would be his home.
ALA also named Far North and Downriver to their list of the 100 Best Young Adult Books of the Twentieth Centrury.