Going Bovine by Libba Bray. 496 p. Random House Children's Books, September, 2009. 9780385733977.
Since I've been all about Libba Bray these past two days, I picked her Printz Award winner for #tbt. Going Bovine was published in 2009. It is the story of Cameron Smith, sixteen-year-old slacker son of two Texas college professors and brother to a sister who is "perfect." Turns out Cameron has contracted Mad Cow Disease and will probably die. When a winged being named Dulcie appears in his hospital room and tells him that she can help him, he figures, "Why not?" and goes along for the road trip joining a video-gaming dwarf and a garden gnome who may be a Norse god. This madcap mother of all road trips loosely parallels Don Quixote with a nod to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mixed in. Weighing in at close to 500 pages, it's long and rambling but so hilarious you don't notice. Teens looking for a satisfyingly challenge need look no further.