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Califronia Blue

Klass, David

ISBN 10: 0590466887 / ISBN 13: 9780590466882
Published by New York: Scholastic Press, 1994, New York, 1994
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Hard Cover. Very Good/Near Fine. Fourth Edition. Signed by Author. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. the author has signed this copy on the half- titlepage. Bookseller Inventory # 5415

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Title: Califronia Blue

Publisher: New York: Scholastic Press, 1994, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: Fourth Edition

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When John Rodgers discovers a new species of butterfly, the government shuts down his town's primary employer, its lumber mill, and John must decide between his town and his disappointed dying father and the splendid, rare creature called Rodgers California Blue.

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Grade 8-12-John Rodgers, 17, feels alienated from his hard-nosed father and from much of his small, northern California community. Few people in Kiowa, which is totally dependent on the timber industry, share his love of nature, and his father, a former high school football star, preaches winning at all costs and cannot understand John's mediocrity in sports. A series of events-including the diagnosis of his father's cancer and John's discovery of a new species of butterfly-dramatically changes the young man's life. Eventually it is revealed to the community that John found the insect and alerted environmentalists. This makes him the target of the townspeople's fears and fury, forcing him to run away to San Francisco. At the novel's end, he returns to Kiowa. In a touching final scene, he has a quiet talk with his dying father. John knows, however, that he will have to leave again. This is the story of a young man caught up in some large and passionate issues before he is ready to cope with them. His anger, awkwardness, intelligence, and confusion are captured effectively through the first-person narrative. But this novel's strength does not lie simply in its willingness to tackle big issues. Small scenes, such as accounts of John's middle-distance races on the track team, are well done and add to the novel's texture and depth. A thoughtful and fair book that will strike a chord with many YAs.
Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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