Alida's Song

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Delacorte Press, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 88 pages
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A remarkable novel about one of the most important and loving relationships in Gary Paulsen's life.

The wonderful grandmother seen through the eyes of a young boy in The Cookcamp reaches out to him at 14, offering him a haven from his harsh and painful family life. She arranges a summer job for him on the farm where she is a cook for Olaf and Gunnar, elderly brothers. Farm life offers the camaraderie and routine of hard work, good food, peaceful evenings spent making music together, even learning to dance. Life with Alida gives the boy strength and faith in himself, drawing him away from the edge and into the center of life.

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User Review  - rgleason14 - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this feel good book.This story is about a young boy and his relationship with his grandmother. The struggling life at home and the new life the summer he spent with his grandmother. Read full review

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User Review  - caro488 - LibraryThing

Delivering papers, , almost failing 8th grade, living in the basement below his drunken parents' apartment, he is called to work on a farm with his grandmother - the cows walking up in the morning mist, pulling weeds from 160 acres, -- made me cry... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Gary Paulsen is a three-time Newbery Honor winner. Among his best known titles are Brian's Winter and Soldier's Heart. This novel is based on his own life.

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