Grape Thief

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Candlewick Press, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 290 pages
21 Reviews
With refreshing honesty, heart, and humor - and a compelling young narrator - the author of the award-winning LONE WOLF takes readers back to 1925, and a place where a boy must become a man all too soon.


Itís 1925 in multiethnic Roslyn, Washington, and twelve-year-old Slava has earned the nickname "Cuss" because he can swear in fourteen languages. In fact, Cuss loves languages, period: unlike his older brothers, who left school after sixth grade to work in the coal mines, he likes reading about as much as he likes goofing around with his friends - or planning the great grape heist of Roslyn. But when bootleggers stir up trouble and force his big brothers to skip town, Cuss feels the weight of family responsibility dropping onto his shoulders. How can he hold on to his dream to stay in school - and still do the honorable thing by his ma and little brother?
  

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
8
Section 3
13
Section 4
21
Section 5
30
Section 6
36
Section 7
43
Section 8
50
Section 20
143
Section 21
153
Section 22
159
Section 23
172
Section 24
176
Section 25
187
Section 26
192
Section 27
199

Section 9
56
Section 10
61
Section 11
70
Section 12
74
Section 13
83
Section 14
91
Section 15
97
Section 16
106
Section 17
120
Section 18
127
Section 19
136
Section 28
206
Section 29
221
Section 30
228
Section 31
237
Section 32
248
Section 33
251
Section 34
258
Section 35
264
Section 36
280
Section 37
288
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About the author (2003)

Kristine L. Franklin is the author of several novels for young readers, including ECLIPSE, NERD NO MORE, DOVE SONG, and the best-selling LONE WOLF, a SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Book of the Year. She says, "Cuss is a fictional boy who originated in stories my father told me about growing up in Roslyn. In doing research for this book, I discovered my own roots, and learned how much it cost my grandparents to settle here so their children and grandchildren could have what they themselves had never known - full bellies, education, and above all, the freedom to dream.

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