Up Country

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Speak, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 256 pages
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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 ‚€œclassy guys‚€ ? 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. ‚€œA strong central character . . . a well-placed, believable plot.‚€ ‚€”School Library Journal, starred review ‚€œCarl's . . . turnabout is convincing enough to sustain the story's power.‚€ ‚€”Booklist, starred review

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16 year old Carl lives in Milwaukee with his alcoholic, promiscuous mother. He dreams of becoming an electrical engineer and is maintaining a straight A average to make his dream of escape come true ... Read full 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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Alden Carter's thirty-year career includes publication of novels for young adults and adults, nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, and picture books for and about special needs children. Among numerous awards, his novels have been named six times to the American Library Association's list of Best Books of the Year. His adult novel of the Civil War, Bright Starry Banner, was awarded the prestigious John Esten Cooke Fiction Award. A popular speaker, he has given over 600 presentations in schools and at conferences for writers and educators. A former teacher and naval officer, he lives in Marshfield, Wisconsin, with his wife, Carol. They have two adult children: Brian, an architect, and Siri, a college student.

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