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Author: Joyce  HOSTETTER
Publisher: Calkins Creek
Subject/Category: Gr. 5-8
Year Reviewed:: 2017
ISBN: 9781629796734
Review: Fourteen-year-old Junior Bledsoe’s father dies from alcoholism, and he becomes the man of the family in the rural south of 1941. When his grandfather moves in, Junior soon learns why everyone hates him. Between odd jobs and working around the farm to support the family, Junior gets in and out of trouble along with his friend, Catfish. Once, he runs away and tries to join the Army; another time, he steals the neighbor’s car to discover more about how his father died--and blows the engine. With the support of a good mother, a strict teacher, and a family friend, Junior discovers his path to a better future.

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