Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts (2008)
Lutie and Fate McFee can’t seem to catch a break. They’ve been abandoned by their alcoholic father; his ex-girlfriend (and their current caretaker) dies at Wal-Mart; and so the fifteen and eleven-year-old siblings decide to make the trip from Spearfish, South Dakota, to Las Vegas to reconnect with their father.
What could go wrong does. Many of the things that happen to these kids are truly horrifying. There are times when you really struggle to like Lutie. But you just have to keep reading. It’s a compelling story, and it’s mesmerizing to listen to. Cassandra Morris does a fabulous job bringing Made in the U.S.A. to life.