Runt: Story of a Boy

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Milkweed Editions, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 196 pages
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When Runt's mother dies, he’s sent to live with his older sister Helen, whom he hasn’t seen in years, not since she ran away. Avoiding the dreary trailer he now shares with Helen and her creepy boyfriend Cole, Runt spends his days rambling around his new town, especially the local cemetery. There he meets Mitch, a precocious boy in a wheelchair who’s battling cancer. The two lonely boys become fast friends, but as their friendship deepens, each faces a powerful crisis. As Runt and Mitch struggle with the harsh realities of poverty, abuse, and illness, each looks to the other for comfort and courage. Then, Helen’s problems complicate things even further. Can Runt help them both, and himself, too? The empathy, insight, and finely drawn characters seen in V. M. Caldwell’s first two novels are in full view in this moving story of a young boy’s attempts to create a better life for himself and those around him.

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User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

From the moment I read the back of this book, I knew where it was going and I promised myself I wouldn't cry. It is to the credit of this book that I sobbed like a baby at the end and not for the ... Read full review

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User Review  - SJane - Goodreads

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and managed to get through it without crying (which is a feat, considering the content matter), but still moved by the beauty of the relationships and tragedy. Would ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Caldwell taught science for fifteen years.

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