By Tedd Arnold
(Dial, Hardcover, 9780803730205, 208pp.)
Publication Date: April 5, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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The dead body found in the Chemanga River has nothing to do with Todd. Hes been busy making beds at the family motel and writing alien stories to entertain his friends. Sure, a murder is big news, but what would really interest him? A paying job and a story line free of UFOs and poop jokes. And then he meets Rat.
Just a little older than Todd, Rats already been to Vietnam and back. Hes got a tattoo and a messed-up family life. And when he offers Todd a gig at the drive-in theater, Todd takes it. After all, it pays actual money. But hanging out with Rat leads to a host of strange experiences and perplexing questions. More and more, that corpse from the river is on Todds mind, and no matter how he shifts the pieces around, Rat is always part of the puzzle.
“Realistically and sensitively written as Todd’s own manuscript, this entertaining and thoughtful account is an absorbing snapshot of early 1970s life, as well as fast-paced coming-of-age fare that should appeal to young male readers.”—Kirkus Reviews