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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

Collector's Edition

Kimberly Willis Holt

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National Book Awards Winner

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.

Featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor author Sheila Turnage.

This title has Common Core connections.

Booklist Editors' Choice, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, National Book Awards Winner, School Library Best Books of the Year, Texas Bluebonnet Award, New Mexico Land of Enchantment, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Georgia Children's Book Award (U of GA), ALA Notable Children's Books, Illinois Rebecca Caudill YR Choice Award, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

Chapter One
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...

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Kimberly Willis Holt

Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of many award-winning novels for young
adults and children, including Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel, Dear Hank
Williams, and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, winner of a National Book
Award for Young People's Literature. Born in Pensacola, Florida, Holt has lived
all over the U.S. and the world. She now lives in Texas with her family.

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