First Boy by Gary Schmidt

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A fast-paced political thriller

“You’re my first boy, Cooper, my first boy,” grandfather says just before he dies. All alone in the world, without even a dog, the only thing that keeps Cooper going is running the dairy farm.

Suddenly, black sedans are swarming all around Cooper’s small New Hampshire town, driven by mysterious men in dark suits. Cooper’s barn is burned to the ground, and his house is broken into and searched during the night. The President of the United States calls on Cooper for a visit, and her opponent wants Cooper to join him on the campaign trail.

This fast-paced political thriller will have the reader turning the pages in anticipation of the next clue.


About Gary Schmidt

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Gary Schmidt is a professor at Calvin College, in addition to being a writer. He lives with his wife and children on a farm in Alto, Michigan.
Published September 4, 2007 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 210 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fourteen-year-old Cooper Jewett is a dairyman through and through, so when Grandpa, his last remaining relative, dies, he stoically vows to “make do.” Little does he know that his challenges will soon exceed fighting loneliness, keeping up in school and running the farm solo—indeed, that life as ...

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