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Contributor(s): Weaver, Will

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ISBN: 0006428386     ISBN-13: 9780374324858
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
OUR PRICE: $16.83  

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Published: October 2005
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Annotation: With richly developed characters and a flair for arresting imagery, Weaver tells the story of the end of one boy's innocence, unfolding at a time when the country as a whole is undergoing a difficult, deeply disturbing coming-of-age during the Vietnam Era.
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Library of Congress Subjects:
01
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Religious - Christian - General
- Young Adult Fiction | Historical - United States - 20th Century
- Young Adult Fiction | Lifestyles - Country Life
Dewey: Service stations; Fiction.
LCCN: Coming of age; Ficti
Age Level: 1.00
Grade Level: 0.84
Guided Reading: 0
Awards: Tayshas Reading, Commended, Young Adult, 2007
Grand Canyon Reader Award, Nominee, Teen, 2009
Volunteer State Book Awards, Nominee, Young Adult, 2007
Minnesota Book Award, Finalist, Young Adult Fiction, 2006
 
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The times they are a-changin' . . . The summer that Paul turns sixteen his mother pushes him to take a job in town instead of just working on the family farm. " You need to meet the public, " she says, which is saying a lot for a woman deeply committed to the tightly knit religious community to which they belong. And meet the public Paul does: He meets Kirk, the angry gas station manager; Harry, a reclusive and kindly gangster; and a family of hippies passing in a yellow peace van to San Francisco. He also meets beautiful Peggy, a high school sensation, and dark-haired Dale, her onthe-
side boyfriend who is headed to Vietnam. All of them come to the station - as well as girls on summer vacation, tanned and smelling of coconut oil, and ministers from Paul' s fundamentalist church, who are worried about his soul. As the summer progresses, Paul learns the secrets of his small Minnesota town and discovers that he' s ready to have a few secrets of his own.
With richly developed characters and a flair for arresting imagery, Will Weaver tells the story of the end of one boy' s innocence, unfolding at a time when the country as a whole is undergoing a difficult, deeply disturbing coming-of-age.
 
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