The Purple Car

The Purple Car

by Robert Holland
     
 

Boys are not reading because the books that are out there don't have anything to do with being a boy. This is the second in a series of books designed to get those boys to read. The idea is simple enough. Give them stories they can identify with as boys and they will read them. Give them enough such stories and they will become readers. The author, Robert Holland, has…  See more details below

Overview

Boys are not reading because the books that are out there don't have anything to do with being a boy. This is the second in a series of books designed to get those boys to read. The idea is simple enough. Give them stories they can identify with as boys and they will read them. Give them enough such stories and they will become readers. The author, Robert Holland, has written essays for Audubon, Yankee, New England Monthly, The Christian Science Monitor, and Connecticut Magazine. His first novel The Hunter was published by Stein ! Day and then published in France, Germany, and the UK. He studies under Rex Warner at the University of Connecticut and Stephen Minot at Trinity College.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780965852333
Publisher:
Frost Hollow Publishers, LLC
Publication date:
02/01/1999
Series:
Books Boys Want to Read Series
Pages:
163
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

Suddenly he felt cold. He shivered and he could feel the hairs stand up on the back of his neck as he shivered again then glanced around, looking behind him, back toward the house. The air was still and hot, the heat waves dancing and wriggling up from the dry field like mad translucent dancing worms. He couldn't hear a sound. The birds were quiet and no cars passed on the road in front of the house. Dead quiet. Peter wondered if he had ever heard such quiet, but whether he had or not, he found that just now it made him uneasy.

And when a crow suddenly called from the far end of the field, he jumped as surely as if it had burst out of the dark closet and flown directly into his face. He whirled in that direction as it called again, and he spotted it sitting at the top of a tall white pine. It looked big, even for a crow, and he wondered if it was a crow. But what else could it be? Ask Brian the brain. The brain would know. If it had anything to do with nature, Brian knew about it.

He stuffed his hands into the pockets of his shorts, wondering what was making him feel so strange, and maybe even a little scared. It was weird. How could you be scared of anything here? And how come he had the feeling that he didn't want to take another step toward the end of the field? What was out there?

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David Reid
This is one of the most thrilling and exciting books I have read in a long time. It was full of adventures, mysteries, and a bit of horror. The book kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't leave it alone until I knew what happened.

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