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The Beet Fields: Memories of a Sixteenth Summer

Author: Gary Paulsen

Publisher: Dell Laurel-Leaf

ISBN: 0440415578

Retail Price: $5.99

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Backcover: For a sixteen-year-old boy out in the world alone for the first time, every day’s and education in the hard work and boredom of a migrant worke: every day teachers him something more about friendship, or hunger, or profanity, or lust - always lust. He learns how a poker game, or hitching a ride, can turn deadly. He discovers the secret sadness and generosity to be found on a lonely farm in the middle of nowhere. Then he joins up with a carnival and becomes a grunt, running a ride and shilling for the geek show. He’s living the hard carny life and beginning to see th world through carny eyes. He’s tough. Cynical. By the end of the summer, he’s pretty sure he knows it all. Unitl he meets Ruby.

AWARDS

  • An ALA Best Book for Young Adults - Top 10
  • A Booklist Editors Choice

 

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