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ISBN: 9780374324858
Author: Weaver, Will
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Published: October 2005
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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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Physical Information: 0.88" H x 8.54" L x 5.78" W 232 pages
Bargain Category: Geography, Growing Up, High School, Historical Fiction, Middle School, Religious, Social Issues
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Spring)
It's 1965, and high school sophomore Paul gets his first summer job away from the farm and his family's insular religious community. Pumping gas in nearby Hawk Bend, Minnesota, he learns about fast cars (and faster women) and himself. The lessons never feel portentous, and Weaver evokes the rural setting with much exactness, no nostalgia, and involving immediacy. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2005 #6)
It certainly is a full-service summer for Paul, literally and metaphorically, as the high school sophomore gets his first job away from the family farm, pumping gas in the nearby small town of Hawk Bend, Minnesota. It's 1965, and Paul's restless mother, sensing a changing world, wants him to see more of what lies beyond the farm and their insular religious community. He learns about fast cars (and faster women), about the "seven-point Shell service code," and about himself. Entertaining local color is provided in the person of retired Chicago gangster Harry Blomenfeld, and a romantic interest is provided by Janet, the daughter of "commie antiwar protesters" who've been marooned in town and who, much to general surprise, have been invited by Paul's mother to stay on the farm. While Paul learns and grows through the summer, the lessons never feel portentous, and Weaver evokes the rural setting with much exactness, no nostalgia, and involving immediacy. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2005 November #1)

Weaver once again makes the most ofthe rural Midwestern settings and quiet moral dilemmas he used to such strong effect in his baseball trilogy (Striking Out ; Farm Team ; Hard Ball ) in this intimate coming-of-age novel set in 1965 Minnesota. Farm boy Paul Sutton, who narrates, has been sheltered by his strict, religious parents. He gets his first opportunity to "meet the public" when he takes a job at a Shell filling station in the nearby town of Hawk Bend the summer he turns 16. Paul's horizons are indeed broadened by the people with whom he works (fatherly Mr. Davies, the owner, and Kirk, the womanizing manager), and the author crafts gem-like vignettes of his encounters with the locals and tourists who frequent the service station (one especially memorable exchange is with a woman driving a Mercedes coupe whose husband has just left her). Paul befriends a retired gangster, becomes involved in a love triangle among three recent high-school graduates and hears differing opinions about America's involvement in the Vietnam War. Perhaps Paul is most influenced by a family of hippies, who end up staying on the Suttons' farm after their bus breaks down. Exposed to new values and beliefs, Paul begins to question what he has been taught by his parents. Despite the story's setting in the past, Paul's quiet rebellion, fueled by a variety of profound encounters, expresses universal truths about growing pains, teen desires and new insights he has gained. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2005 November)

Gr 8 Up -The summer of '65 sizzles for high school sophomore-to-be Paul and his rural Minnesota family. They are members of a nondenominational Christian sect that practices communal farm work and fellowship. At his mother's urging, Paul lands a job in town at the Shell station where assorted bamboozlers give his worldview a whack upside the head. Will members of his sect condone Paul's worldly contact? Will he bring trouble upon himself for facilitating a fling between a beautiful schoolmate and the town bad boy? Or will his moral undoing be at the hands of Janet, 16, eldest child of the hippie couple who Dad charitably invites to camp at the farm while they repair their van? Teens will likely relate to details such as Paul's secretly listening to the radio under the blankets at night and his razor-sharp observations of his loving father. Male readers, especially, may be hooked by the steamy bits and will be rewarded by a cast of carefully shaped, diverse characters who illuminate important truths about that confusing time when Vietnam began to grow in the nation's collective consciousness as a constant, if hazy, backdrop to everything. The warm, affirming denouement suggests that life's highway is endlessly fascinating, frequently challenging, and bound to include some unanticipated bumps and detours.-Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Junior High School, Iowa City, IA

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