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The Extraordinary Pupfish of Calaveras County

The Extraordinary Pupfish of Calaveras County

by Joel Schwartz


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When Jeremy McGinnis, a 15-year-old in the sleepy Gold Rush town of Murphys, discovers a retired teacher spasming with an asthma attack and out of medicine, it's a no-brainer to get him to the hospital. But the local media suddenly turns Jeremy into a hero, his second "fifteen minutes of fame". As he gets to know the teacher, Lester Crump, a man who has invested his life savings in three breeding Vietnamese miniature potbellied pigs and a trailer, he raises Andy Warhol's comment into an intense and engaging study of personal integrity.

Outside of town Eliza Hewlie, a 65-year-old widow brokering the sale of an abandoned gold mine just upstream from Lester, has to contend with the threat of the deal contaminating the town's groundwater. As Jeremy and Lester design a project which becomes a huge environmental scavenger hunt, involving dozens of high school students and half their parents, the tale of a town galvanized into action is told in alternating chapters by Jeremy and Eliza. In parallel coming-of-age stories, both begin feeling frustrated and trapped at the opening of the story but free and in control of their lives at the end for the first time.

"There were many things about your book that got to me. I cared about the characters; the life messages and the environmental issues; and the open-ended ending (hitting the road as I did)!"

- Pattie DeMatteo from online distributor Mendocino Stories

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ISBN-13: 9780595492602
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/16/2008
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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