Carl knows he's playing with fire every time he fixes up a stolen car stereo to resell. But he needs the money; how else is he going to get away from his boozing mom and her endless parade of â€śclassy guysâ€ ? Then one night his mother's drinking gets out of control and Carl's plan to get himself a decent life takes a nosedive. Sent to live with distant relatives far away from the life he has always known, Carl is faced with a decision: run away and stick with The Plan, or come up with a new one . . . fast. â€śA strong central character . . . a well-placed, believable plot.â€ â€”School Library Journal, starred review â€śCarl's . . . turnabout is convincing enough to sustain the story's power.â€ â€”Booklist, starred review
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This book is very interesting. It has a lot of very realistic points. Its about the boy named Carl whose mom has a drinking problem and ends up in a lot of trouble with the authority. Carl is also a trouble maker and has some juvenile friends. When his mom is sentenced to a home to help alcoholics Carl has to go up to his relatives house way up north. He is a city boy and doesn't like the country. Carl meets a girl that he really likes and ends up not wanting to leave the country but wants to at the same time.
I read this book because it was about a teenage boy in Wisconsin and I thought it sounded interesting. JK
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This was a required summer reading for school. I'm so glad I discovered this book. A young boy with a troubled heartless mother moved up north to spend some time with a hill billy family he never ... Read full review