The Monument

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It all begins when Rocky follows Mick Strum around town while he sketches its people, animals and graveyard. Mick has been commissioned by Rocky's Kansas town to create a memorial to their war dead.

As Rocky learns to respect Mick and his talents, he helps her to develop her own artistic sensibilities.It all begins when Rocky follows Mick Strum around town while he sketches its people, animals and graveyard. Mick has been commissioned by ...

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Overview

It all begins when Rocky follows Mick Strum around town while he sketches its people, animals and graveyard. Mick has been commissioned by Rocky's Kansas town to create a memorial to their war dead.

As Rocky learns to respect Mick and his talents, he helps her to develop her own artistic sensibilities.It all begins when Rocky follows Mick Strum around town while he sketches its people, animals and graveyard. Mick has been commissioned by Rocky's Kansas town to create a memorial to their war dead.

But the townspeople see things in Mick's drawings that they don't want to know or accept about themselves. Can Mick help them accept one monument that will be meaningful to everyone?

Thirteen-year-old Rocky, self-conscious about the braces on her leg, has her life changed by the remarkable artist who comes to her small Kansas town to design a war memorial.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A powerful, affecting story with its comments on art and homage."
School Library Journal, Starred

"An intriguing, ironic tale, written vividly and with memorable humor."
Kirkus Reviews

"In sparse, sensitive, moving prose, Paulsen illuminates a small town and its inhabitants' beautiful and ugly sides to create a tribute to art...a wonderful book that will make you feel special."
Voice of Youth Advocates

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rocky, an adopted, partly lame teenage girl, tells how a memorial to her small Kansas town's war dead came to be built and how her vision and those of the other residents were altered by the monument's artist. When Rocky first encounters Mick Strum, he is filthy and disheveled, sleeping off a drinking binge in his dilapidated car. But she is magnetically drawn to this unlikely seer and from him learns to observe freshly and to develop an artist's eye. In contrast to Paulsen's customary action-packed adventures, this novel is chiefly about ideas--featuring characters whose primary function seems to be expressing concepts about art and the artistic process. As such, the story has an over-intellectualized, sometimes pedantic air and may disappoint readers hoping for the gritty realism, veracity and raw power of Paulsen's best works. Ages 12-up. Oct.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-- Figuring she'll never get adopted because of her caramel-colored skin and crippled leg, Rocky finds herself chosen by Emma and Fred, a kind, indulgent, alcoholic couple from Bolton, Kansas. It's in Bolton that she finds her devoted dog, Python, who leads her to Mick, the rumpled artist hired to design a monument to the town's war dead and the person who changes Rocky's view of life, art, and the world. Through the drawings he makes in order to get a feel for the town's people and history, the citizens of Bolton see themselves and their surroundings in a new light, although they're not sure they like it. As Mick does with his sketches, Paulsen tells the story in quick, deft strokes. The gossip at the grain elevator on a summer day, Rocky's insecurities and toughness, and the varied characters are vividly yet succinctly conveyed. In just three days, Mick breezes into town, turns Rocky on to the power of art, and convinces the people of Bolton that a grove of trees will be an appropriate monument as well as an artistic statement. Avoiding a lot of artistic jargon, Paulsen carries readers along with his and Mick's strong images and enthusiasm. A powerful, affecting story with its comments on art and homage. --Susan Knorr, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440407829
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 149
  • Sales rank: 810,023
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Paulsen

GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, His most recent books are Masters of Disaster, Lawn Boy Returns, Woods Runner, Notes from the Dog, Mudshark, Lawn Boy, Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day, The Time Hackers, and The Amazing Life of Birds (The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    Great Story :)

    The book was among the best I have read in a long time. If you are a young adult and enjoy to read you will enjoy this book! Rocky goes through a rough life but at the ends gets what she deserves!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2002

    Delightful!

    This book caught me by surprise! How could a children's book have such an impact to me? I've had the book ever since I was 8(and im 17 now) and every time i read it, it means a little different to me. I read the book when i'm happy or sad. It somehow gives me the feeling that it's there whenever I want to read something uplifting. Make your children it, might as well you read it too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2002

    Very Recommending

    This book is great but I think I would recommend this book to more mature grades from 7-9 instead of 6-9 because I think a lot of 6 graders,especially in my school couldn't handle some of the words used in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2002

    Very inspiring book

    I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested nin art. this book made me want to go out and make a monument for my town. i thought it was very cool that the whole town was involved in the making of the monument.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2002

    Great Book

    I have always loved books that were written by Gary Paulsen. This is another one of his great book. Gary Paulsen write his book very descriptive. The way he describes how Mick draw was very detailed. Like he made you visualize what is happening live. This book presents an interesting view of art from the artist's point of view and gives the reader insight into human nature. This book is also inspiring such when Rocky discovers about herself and knowing what she wants to be by getting to know Mick.

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