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Dancing Carl

From three-time Newbery Honor author Gary Paulsen comes a moving middle grade novel about four strangers fighting for the life they want.

In the winter, life in McKinley, Minnesota, revolves around the rinks, where kids play hockey and grown-ups skate to scratchy phonograph records. Then, the year Marsh and his best friend, Willy, are twelve, Carl appears at the rink, wearing a battered, old leather flight jacket and doing a strange dance that is both beautiful and disturbing to watch.

It is Marsh and Willy who discover the terrible secret behind Carl’s dance, a secret that threatens to destroy him. But a small miracle occurs, and Carl’s dance becomes a fragile and tentative expression of hope and the healing power of love.

Gary Paulsen (1931–2021) was one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers, author of three Newbery Honor titles, Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He wrote over 100 books for adults and young readers. 

ISBN: 9781416939382

ISBN-10: 9781416939382

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 06/26/2007 - 12:00am

On Sale: 06/26/2007 - 12:00am

Pages: 112

Language: English

Categories

Juvenile Fiction / Sports & Recreation / Ice Skating

Juvenile Fiction / Historical / United States / 20th Century

Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Physical & Emotional Abuse