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.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers, author of three Newbery Honor titles, Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He has written over 100 books for adults and young readers. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.