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A trip out West to work at a racetrack — and a sojourn with a sophisticated gay uncle — bring unexpected discoveries in this quick-witted coming-of-age novel by the author of STONER & SPAZ and MARGAUX WITH AN X.

I was in the West. The Old West. The Wild West! A whole summer in a new place: a place away from my parents, a place so hot the girls probably wore bikinis to church, a place where I'd take a giant step toward my dream: becoming a vet. A place where — who knows? — anything might happen.

From the moment sixteen-year-old Billy steps off the train in Tucson, he knows this will be a summer unlike any he's seen in small-town Bradleyville, Missouri. For starters, he's staying with his cool gay uncle, who has managed to get him a job at the racetrack caring for horses. Still, Billy doesn't expect the horseracing world to be quite as rough and tumble as this — toiling side by side with a macho survivalist and falling hard for the feisty, romance-shy "exercise girl" Cara Mae. With his trademark fast-paced dialogue filled with wit and compassion, Ron Koertge tells the tale of an insecure teen who discovers that gaining stature involves more than Stetsons and boots — and that lessons on love and manhood come from the places you least expect.

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With his trademark, fast-paced dialogue filled with wit and compassion, Koertge tells the tale of an insecure teen who discovers that gaining stature involves more than Stetsons and boots--and that lessons on love and manhood come from the places least expected.

About the Author

Ron Koertge is the author of many prizewinning novels for teens, including STONER & SPAZ, winner of the PEN Literary Award. He says, "THE ARIZONA KID is one of my favorite novels. It combines Tucson and horseracing, and also serves as a memorial to a friend who passed away." Ron Koertge teaches in the MFA in Writing for Children Program at Vermont College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780763626952
Author:
Koertge, Ronald
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Author:
Koertge, Ron
Subject:
Horses
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Family
Subject:
Adolescence - General
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Arizona
Subject:
Situations / New Experience
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-COLOR
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.00x5.08x.76 in. .52 lbs.
Age Level:
from 14

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