Synopses & Reviews
For a 16-year-old boy out in the world alone for the first time, every days 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. Hes living the hard carny life and beginning to see the world through carny eyes. Hes tough. Cynical. By the end of the summer hes pretty sure he knows it all. Until he meets Ruby.
About the Author
Gary Paulsen is the author of more than 100 books and the winner of numerous awards.
author fun facts
Born: May 17 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Previous jobs: Farm hand, ranch hand, truck driver, sailor, dogsled racer, teacher, field engineer, editor, soldier, actor, director, trapper, professional archer, migrant farm worker, singer
Hobbies: Sailing, collecting and riding Harley Davidsons; twice ran the Iditarod, the challenging 1,000 mile dogsled race across Alaska
Inspiration for writing: After a librarian gave him a book to read--along with his own library card--Gary was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.
From the Hardcover edition.