Blackwater Ben by William Durbin

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Thirteen-year-old Ben works at Blackwater Logging Camp as cook’s helper to his Pa. Long days of flipping pancakes and peeling potatoes with his ornery Pa make Ben long to be out in the woods with the lumberjacks. Felling logs, sawing trees, driving a team through the snowy woods . . . that’s what Ben wants to be doing.

But the long cold winter in a camp filled with outlandish characters teaches Ben a lot about himself. Especially when an orphan boy called Nevers arrives in camp. When Nevers signs on to work with Pa, Ben makes a friend and a rival, too.

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About William Durbin

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William Durbin, a high-school English teacher, is the author of Wintering, The Broken Blade (winner of the Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction and the Minnesota Book Award, Young Readers Category), and Song of Sampo Lake.
Published December 18, 2008 by Yearling. 210 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Through slice-of-life scenes of endless hard work and routine, readers learn that Ben has dropped out of seventh grade to help his curmudgeonly father ("There ain't no man that ever done something so special that he deserved every seventh day off"), and that Ben's father wasn't the first to court...

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Through Ben's young and impressionable eyes Durbin shows us the very hard life found in a lumberjack camp, while at the same time sharing Ben's own journey from boyhood into young adulthood.

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