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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Alden R. Carter (www.aldencarter.com) is an award-winning author of nine novels, twenty books of nonfiction, and six picture books. His books for young adults include ALA Best Books for Young Adults Bull Catcher and Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Mr. Carter lives with his family in Wisconsin.

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