We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to the library. Find a location near you.

Mobile library: a novel

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
2015
Language:
English
Description
From the award-winning novelist David Whitehouse, hailed by The New York Times as "a writer to watch," a tragicomic adventure about a troubled adolescent boy who escapes his small town in a stolen library-on-wheels.
"An archivist of his mother," Bobby Nusku spends his nights meticulously cataloging her hair, clothing, and other traces of the life she left behind. By day, Bobby and his best friend Sunny hatch a plan to transform Sunny, limb-by-limb, into a cyborg who could keep Bobby safe from schoolyard torment and from Bobby's abusive father and his bleach-blonde girlfriend. When Sunny is injured in a freak accident, Bobby is forced to face the world alone.

Out in the neighborhood, Bobby encounters Rosa, a peculiar girl whose disability invites the scorn of bullies. When Bobby takes Rosa home, he meets her mother, Val, a lonely divorcee, whose job is cleaning a mobile library. Bobby and Val come to fill the emotional void in each other's lives, but their bond also draws unwanted attention. After Val loses her job and Bobby is beaten by his father, they abscond in the sixteen-wheel bookmobile. On the road they are joined by Joe, a mysterious but kindhearted ex-soldier. This "puzzle of people" will travel across England, a picaresque adventure that comes to rival those in the classic books that fill their library-on-wheels.

At once tender, provocative and darkly funny, Mobile Library is a fable about the intrinsic human desire to be loved and understood—and about one boy's realization that the kinds of adventures found in books can happen in real life. It is the ingenious second novel by a writer whose prose has been hailed as "outlandishly clever" (The New York Times) and "deceptively effortless" (The Boston Globe).
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Copies In LINK+
Loading LINK+ Copies...
More Details
ISBN:
9781476749433
9781442377585
9781442380264
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work IDb6acf274-4ce3-b297-6721-c55e535aaab1
Grouping Titlemobile library
Grouping Authordavid whitehouse
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2022-09-25 03:19:17AM
Last Indexed2022-09-24 02:44:36AM

Solr Fields

accelerated_reader_point_value
0
accelerated_reader_reading_level
0
auth_author2
Reynolds, Timothy
author
Whitehouse, David, 1981-
author2-role
Reynolds, Timothy,narrator
hoopla digital
author_display
Whitehouse, David
available_at_catalog
Carmichael
Central
Fair Oaks
detailed_location_catalog
Carmichael
Central
Fair Oaks
display_description
From the award-winning novelist David Whitehouse, hailed by The New York Times as "a writer to watch," a tragicomic adventure about a troubled adolescent boy who escapes his small town in a stolen library-on-wheels.
"An archivist of his mother," Bobby Nusku spends his nights meticulously cataloging her hair, clothing, and other traces of the life she left behind. By day, Bobby and his best friend Sunny hatch a plan to transform Sunny, limb-by-limb, into a cyborg who could keep Bobby safe from schoolyard torment and from Bobby's abusive father and his bleach-blonde girlfriend. When Sunny is injured in a freak accident, Bobby is forced to face the world alone.

Out in the neighborhood, Bobby encounters Rosa, a peculiar girl whose disability invites the scorn of bullies. When Bobby takes Rosa home, he meets her mother, Val, a lonely divorcee, whose job is cleaning a mobile library. Bobby and Val come to fill the emotional void in each other's lives, but their bond also draws unwanted attention. After Val loses her job and Bobby is beaten by his father, they abscond in the sixteen-wheel bookmobile. On the road they are joined by Joe, a mysterious but kindhearted ex-soldier. This "puzzle of people" will travel across England, a picaresque adventure that comes to rival those in the classic books that fill their library-on-wheels.

At once tender, provocative and darkly funny, Mobile Library is a fable about the intrinsic human desire to be loved and understood—and about one boy's realization that the kinds of adventures found in books can happen in real life. It is the ingenious second novel by a writer whose prose has been hailed as "outlandishly clever" (The New York Times) and "deceptively effortless" (The Boston Globe).
format_catalog
Book
eAudiobook
format_category_catalog
Audio Books
Books
eBook
id
b6acf274-4ce3-b297-6721-c55e535aaab1
isbn
9781442377585
9781442380264
9781476749433
itype_catalog
Adult Fiction
last_indexed
2022-09-24T09:44:36.837Z
lexile_score
-1
literary_form
Fiction
literary_form_full
Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog
FICTION Whitehouse, D.
owning_library_catalog
Sacramento Public Library
owning_location_catalog
Carmichael
Central
Fair Oaks
primary_isbn
9781476749433
publishDate
2015
publisher
Scribner
Simon & Schuster Audio
recordtype
grouped_work
subject_facet
Abused children -- Fiction
Bookmobiles -- Fiction
Books and reading -- Fiction
Bullying -- Fiction
Divorced women -- Fiction
Picaresque literature
Teenage boys -- Fiction
title_display
Mobile library : a novel
title_full
Mobile Library A Novel
Mobile library : a novel / David Whitehouse
Mobile library : a novel [electronic resource] / David Whitehouse
title_short
Mobile library
title_sub
a novel
topic_facet
Abused children
Bookmobiles
Books and reading
Bullying
Divorced women
Fiction
Literature
Teenage boys

Solr Details Tables

item_details

Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent URLDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocation
overdrive:657d506c-fbdb-44ea-b2c4-183ae85b5a6a-2Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeAudiobookAudio Books1falsetrueOverDriveAvailable Online
hoopla:MWT11752457Online Hoopla CollectionOnline HooplaeAudiobookAudio Books1falsetrueHooplahttps://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11752457?utm_source=MARCAvailable Online
ils:.b23188868.i7128252xFair OaksFICTION Whitehouse, D.1falsefalseOn Shelffaiag
ils:.b23188868.i71282518CarmichaelFICTION Whitehouse, D.1falsefalseOn Shelfcarag
ils:.b23188868.i71282531CentralFICTION Whitehouse, D.1falsefalseOn Shelfcenag

record_details

Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical DescriptionAbridged
overdrive:657d506c-fbdb-44ea-b2c4-183ae85b5a6aeAudiobookAudio BooksEnglishSimon & Schuster Audio2015
hoopla:MWT11752457eAudiobookAudio BooksUnabridgedEnglishSimon & Schuster Audio20151 online resource (1 audio file (7hr., 35 min.)) : digital.
ils:.b23188868BookBooksFirst Scribner hardcover editionEnglishScribner2015264 pages ; 22 cm

scoping_details_catalog

Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:657d506c-fbdb-44ea-b2c4-183ae85b5a6a-2Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse
hoopla:MWT11752457Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruefalsefalsefalsefalse
ils:.b23188868.i7128252xOn ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911
ils:.b23188868.i71282518On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911
ils:.b23188868.i71282531On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911