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You have to take sides to survive - even if the choice tears you apart. His uncle wanted him to stay home and work the farm. But the boy knew there was a world out there he had to see. Yet being a runaway meant you were outside the law - fair game. That's how he got caught on the farm gang. There was no way out, until Tiltawhirl John picked him up and taught him how to be a carnie, how to stay one step ahead of the suckers. But there was one man from the past even T-John couldn't keep ahead of. How could the kid ...
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You have to take sides to survive - even if the choice tears you apart. His uncle wanted him to stay home and work the farm. But the boy knew there was a world out there he had to see. Yet being a runaway meant you were outside the law - fair game. That's how he got caught on the farm gang. There was no way out, until Tiltawhirl John picked him up and taught him how to be a carnie, how to stay one step ahead of the suckers. But there was one man from the past even T-John couldn't keep ahead of. How could the kid keep him from destroying his future?

A fifteen-year-old runaway discovers that a carnival's razzle-dazzle doesn't shield it from the cruelties of life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First published in 1977, this gritty novel by the author of Hatchet features a 15-year-old runaway who hooks up with a carnie. Ages 12-up. Sept.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780840765727
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1977
  • Pages: 127

Meet the Author

Gary Paulsen
Three-time Newbery-winning author Gary Paulsen, hailed as "one of the best-loved writers alive" by the New York Times, divides his time between his ranch in New Mexico, a sailboat on the Pacific Ocean, and his dog-kennel in Alaska. He's written over 200 books for young people, stories that have been embraced by readers of all ages.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2001

    Life changing book!!!!

    This book is wonderfully writen. It has a little bit of everthing from abuse, scam, murder, even love. For kids 12 to 15 I recommend.

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