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National Book Awards Winner
ISBN: 9780312632120256 Pages, Ages 10-14
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National Book Award Winner
The red words painted on the trailer caused quite a buzz around town and before an hour was up, half of Antler was standing in line with two dollars clutched in hand to see the fattest boy in the world.
Toby Wilson is having the toughest summer of his life. It's the summer his mother leaves for good; the summer his best friend's brother returns from Vietnam in a coffin. And the summer that Zachary Beaver, the fattest boy in the world, arrives in their sleepy Texas town. While it's a summer filled with heartache of every kind, it's also a summer of new friendships gained and old friendships renewed. And it's Zachary Beaver who turns the town of Antler upside down and leaves everyone, especially Toby, changed forever.
With understated elegance, Kimberly Willis Holt tells a compelling coming-of-age story about a thirteen-year-old boy struggling to find himself in an imperfect world. At turns passionate and humorous, this extraordinary novel deals sensitively and candidly with obesity, war, and the true power of friendship.
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town is the winner of the 1999 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. This title has Common Core connections.
ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, Illinois Rebecca Caudill YR Choice Award, Catholic Library Association Award, St. Katherine Drexel Award, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, National Book Awards Winner, ALA Notable Children's Books, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, Georgia Children's Book Award (U of GA), Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Choice Award, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, Texas Bluebonnet Award, New Mexico Land of Enchantment, Georgia Children's Book Award (University of GA), School Library Best Books of the Year, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Indiana Young Hoosier Award, Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library, Booklist Editors' Choice
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
Nothing ever happens in Antler, Texas. Nothing much at all. Until this afternoon, when an old blue Thunderbird pulls a trailer decorated with Christmas lights into the Dairy Maid...