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Paintings from the Cave

By: Gary Paulsen



Three kids who tackle this tough world try to keep it together on their own.  For Jake, it is as he works the clay striving to find that beauty within himself.  With his friend Bill, he does not have to always keep moving. When tragedy strikes, he does his best to survive.  For Jo, the abuse from her biological parents is endless and cruel.  It is through the dogs she befriends that she finds a true family, acceptance, and a real friend.  For Jamie and Erik, being homeless is just one of their problems.  He imposes strict rules for Jamie to follow as he tries to keep him safe and from being caught.  You heart will break for all three of these kids.


Prepared by Pat Strawn, Librarian, John Jay High School, San Antonio, Texas.