The Colossus of Roads
And Rick's stomach isn't the only one dealing with terrible traffic. His family's catering service, Smotch, is teetering on the verge of ruin after a rash of late deliveries and missed appointments. Fortunately, Rick has the solution. Unfortunately, no one wants to listen to a kid.
Absolutely certain that he could fix the constant, endless traffic snarls, Rick hatches a plan. But he'll need help from his unicorn-loving Girl Scout neighbor, a famous street artist, and the best driver in L.A. Together they'll take on the stream of stalled cars--and a secret conspiracy or two, too.
It's going to be tough, but Rick won't give up. If he can successfully move the 330,000 slow-moving cars standing in the way of his family's future, maybe everyone will see that he's not Carsick Rick. He's one of the seven wonders of Los Angeles.
He's the Colossus of Roads.
Public art is interesting; I'm a big fan of yarn bombers, even though I would rather knit a sweater. The idea of taking old highway signs, decorating them, and putting them up along the highway, will appeal to young readers. It sounds dangerous and expensive to me. What if the duct tape and paint come off and the sign tells people to do something that's just wrong? I worried way too much about this, but students won't.