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The Beet Fields

By: Gary Paulsen
Format: Trade Paperback
Imprint: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780375873058
02/08/2011 - $7.99
Categories: Social Situations - Adolescence, Biography & Autobiography - General,

For a 16-year-old boy out in the world alone for the first time, every day's an education in the hard work and boredom of migrant labor; every day teaches 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 the world through carny eyes. He's tough. Cynical. By the end of the summer he's pretty sure he knows it all. Until he meets Ruby.


From the Hardcover edition.