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Fiction Ages 11-14
Pages: 147
Themes: Family, growing up, love
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Pub Date: 01/03/2012
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It's 1923 and Leroy is on the run from a couple of abusive cousins. He stumbles into a traveling Chautauqua show, where it's easy to get lost in a crowd—but also easy to lose your heart. This funny and endearing novel by Governor General's Award-winning novelist Glen Huser will make an absorbing read for fourteen- and fifteen-year-olds, boys and girls alike.

Southwest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries (SWON) - June 25, 2012
"Huser's writing style is simple with a vocabulary that is interesting without being too challenging. This piece of historical fiction vividly captures 1920s America through the heartwarming story of a young man who has lost everything...I would definitely recommend this book to both middle school and high school aged teens."
Historical Novel Society - May 1, 2012
"This first-person account by a good-hearted hero is the perfect guide through a charming and little-known piece of Americana. The style is plainsong poetry, and the story both evocative and heartrending. Highly recommended."
School Library Journal - April 1, 2012
"Readers will find the story of the Chautauqua entertaining."
Kirkus Reviews - March 15, 2012
"Intrigue, romance and fun leaven this tale of a good-hearted runaway boy beginning to find his way in the world. This likable protagonist makes for a fine introduction to an era before movies and radio caused the Chautauqua to fade away."

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