Arlys Run

Arlys Run

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by Robert Newton Peck
     
 

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Arly, an orphan in search of a home and a family, escapes from a brutal migrant labor camp, joins a traveling religious show, and battles a devastating Florida hurricane.  See more details below

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Arly, an orphan in search of a home and a family, escapes from a brutal migrant labor camp, joins a traveling religious show, and battles a devastating Florida hurricane.

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-- Peck picks up the action just minutes from where it ended in Arly (Walker, 1989) as Brother Smith is rowing the boy across Lake Okeechobee to a new life in Moore Haven. The boat capsizes, and Arly is left hanging onto an oar while Brother Smith supposedly drowns. He struggles ashore, only to be captured, branded, and forced into a work gang of migrant pickers. He befriends an old man called Coo Coo, and the two are hauled across the Florida produce fields for the best part of a year before Arly convinces his friend to escape. Things are looking up until the hurricane of 1928 hits; again the hero manages to survive. After more disasters, the book ends as he is once more poised for a better life. The pickers have only numbers, not names, and regularly lie down in the fields and die. The boy clings to the belief that if he can just reach Moore Haven everything will come out right, even though he knows its been wiped out by the storm. Arly is the only character with any depth; the rest are so lightly sketched in as to be more caricatures than characters. And ultimately, he seems more like a pawn in some master's chess game, totally controlled by forces outside himself and content to have it so. Peck writes powerfully, but one wonders how many readers will hang on through the catalog of catastrophe that is Arly's life. --Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802735560
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
03/18/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
858,903
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Newton Pecks works include Soup and A Day No Pigs Would Die . Peck served in World War II as a machine-gunner in the U.S. Army 88th Infantry Division. Peck published his first novel, A Day No Pigs Would Die , in 1972 at the age of forty-four. To date, his credits include fifty-five novels, six nonfiction works, thirty-five songs, three television specials, and over one-hundred poems. As of 2005, he lives in Longwood, Florida with his wife.

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Arly's Run 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as much happened here, but that's okay, books need some slower parts. Keep up the good work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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