His uncle wanted him to stay home and work the farm. But the boy knew there was a world out there he had to see. Yet being a runaway meant you were outside the law – fair game. That’s how he got caught on the farm gang. There was no way out, until Tiltawhirl John picked him up and taught him how to be a carnie, how to stay one step ahead of the suckers. But there was one man from the past even T-John couldn’t keep ahead of. How could the kid keep him from destroying his future?
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Three-time Newbery-winning author Gary Paulsen, hailed as "one of the best-loved writers alive" by the New York Times, divides his time between his ranch in New Mexico, a sailboat on the Pacific Ocean, and his dog-kennel in Alaska. He's written over 200 books for young people, stories that have been embraced by readers of all ages.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 Brilliance Audio, 2012. Compact Disc. Book Condition: Brand New. mp3 una edition. 7.50x5.30x0.60 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1469241307