Joyride by Gretchen Olson

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What begins as a lark, a joyride in Jeff's Bronco through a farmer's bean field, ends in a most unexpected summer. Giving up tennis, Jeff is thrust into helping with the harvest to pay off his debt. The strawberry fields are only a few miles away from the tennis courts, but worlds apart. The language of the Mexican workers, their culture, even their handshakes are different, not to mention the back-breaking work. When vandals repeatedly sabotage the farm's property, Jeff is challenged to find his true allegiance in this highly readable novel told with sensitivity from a unique vantage point.

About Gretchen Olson

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Gretchen Olson, a farmer herself, lives in Oregon.
Published January 1, 1999 by Boyds Mills Press. 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books. Fiction

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With engrossing authority, Olson describes the trials and satisfactions of running a farm, the process of harvesting, and though she sidesteps many of the controversial aspects of using migrant labor, every comment about ``beaners'' or ``wetbacks'' draws an instant and crushing rejoinder from one...

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Initially, he resents working alongside migrants from Mexico, but his repugnance predictably transforms into quiet respect for his co-workers and the Hamptons, especially the older daughter Alexa, who loves swimming as much as Jeff does tennis.

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