Dancing Carl
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Dancing Carl

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by Gary Paulsen
     
 

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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.

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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.

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"Filled with poetry and with life...an insightful beautifully written story."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416939382
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
06/26/2007
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
189,908
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young people. He has written more than two hundred books for adults and young people, and is the author of three Newbery Honor titles: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He divides his time between New Mexico, Alaska, and on the Pacific.

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Dancing Carl 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My boss gave me this book to read. He said he felt like he was reading a story of his youth, growing up in a small town in Colorado. Carl uses his ice dancing ability to 'whoa' a girl that hangs out by the rink. The gentle girl appears at the rink and Carl does everything in his power to show his feelings for her. He finally succeeds through a series of almost frenetic ice dances. At first, this book did not appeal to me. I didn't relate to some guy dancing to show his feelings. But my boss told me it was the story of his teenage years around the ice pond in rural Colorado. It was a great read. Even if you don't like to dance, like my boss or Carl, you will enjoy this story.
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