The Beet Fields

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The Beet Fields

Memories of a Sixteenth Summer

By Gary Paulsen

Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9780375873058, 160pp.

Publication Date: February 8, 2011

Description

For a 16-year-old boy out in the world alone for the first time, every day's 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. He's living the hard carny life and beginning to see the world through carny eyes. He's tough. Cynical. By the end of the summer he's pretty sure he knows it all. Until he meets Ruby.



About the Author
Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young people. He has written more than two hundred books for adults and young people, and is the author of three Newbery Honor titles: "Dogsong", "Hatchet", and "The Winter Room". He divides his time between New Mexico, Alaska, and on the Pacific.


Praise For The Beet Fields

Gary Paulsen tells the raw truth of a boy’s first summer on his own, “as real,” he says, “as I can write it.”



From the Paperback edition.