Alida's Song by Gary Paulsen

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A remarkable novel about one of the most important and loving relationships in Gary Paulsen's life.

The wonderful grandmother seen through the eyes of a young boy in The Cookcamp reaches out to him at 14, offering him a haven from his harsh and painful family life. She arranges a summer job for him on the farm where she is a cook for Olaf and Gunnar, elderly brothers. Farm life offers the camaraderie and routine of hard work, good food, peaceful evenings spent making music together, even learning to dance. Life with Alida gives the boy strength and faith in himself, drawing him away from the edge and into the center of life.

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About Gary Paulsen

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Gary Paulsen is the author of more than 100 books and the winner of numerous awards, including three Newbery Honors and the Golden Spur Award for Best Young Adult Western.
Published December 24, 2008 by Yearling. 106 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Paulsen brings his great skills as a naturalist and his enthusiasm for the outdoor life to descriptions of the boy's adjustment to the orderly farm, from vivid descriptions of an encounter with hostile geese to the work of milking cows and tending fields.

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Defeat turns to direction for an introspective 14-year-old boy when he glimpses a kinder side of life beyond the neglectful, alcoholic stupor of his parents in their grubby, rundown apartment, a sorry excuse for a home.

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The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!"This fourteenth summer started the same way and would have continued the same way except that in the first week after school was out he received a letter from his grandmother."

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Gr 5–8—Paulsen's autobiographical tale (Delacorte, 1999) follows the experiences of a 14-year-old protagonist referred to only as "the boy." Returning from the army as a young man, the boy visits his beloved grandmother Alida and recalls a summer from his youth when she changed his life. Living w...

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