|Alida’s Song (1999) [Novella]|
by Gary Paulsen
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(From the publisher):
It’s going to be an ordinary summer, like every other one. He nearly flunked eighth grade, like every grade before it. He’s still delivering papers to the bars, hustling drunks for an extra dime. His folks are still drinking. Still fighting.
Then his grandmother’s letter arrives:
I am working now at the Nelson farm, cooking for two bachelor brothers… They said they could use a boy for the summer… You better come. It’s a good job.
Life on the Nelson farm means long days of hard work, but companionship too, and good food, music, even dancing. An ordinary summer, but one made special by his grandmother Alida, a time that pulls him away from the edge and into the center of life: a summer that saves him.
Original title: Alida’s Song
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult