FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A 15-year-old runaway discovers that a carnival's razzle-dazzle doesn't shield him from the cruelties of life.
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Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers. He has written more than one hundred book for adults and young readers, and is the author of three Newberry Honor titles: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.From School Library Journal:
Gr 8-11-The 15-year-old main character, whose name is never divulged, runs away from his uncle's farm to seek fame and fortune. He works on a beet farm which is owned by a cruel man who takes advantage of the migrant workers and brutally beats the boy. The boy runs away again, hooking up with Tiltawhirl John, Billy, and Wanda, and is given a job as a carnie where he feels he fits right in. There's a lot of mature subject matter here-T-John murders a man from his past, Billy loses his virginity, and Wanda is a stripper. The sexual matters are referred to but are not explicit. Todd Haberkorn successfully conveys the young man's naivety, inability to read situations correctly, and his false bravado. Paulsen's unusual, well-paced story (Dutton, 1977) is most suitable for high school students.-B. Allison Gray, Goleta Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Book Description Turtleback Books, 1990. School & Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110833543253