My Contract with Henry by Robin Vaupel

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A mission that begins as an eighth-grade project on Henry David Thoreau's experimental living at Walden Pond becomes a life-changing experience for a group of outsider students who become budding philosophers, environmental activists, and loyal friends.

About Robin Vaupel

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Robin Vaupel is the author of two young adult novels: My Contract with Henry, and Rules of the Universe by Austin W. Hale . She has been a public school English teacher for over twenty years. She enjoys reading, cooking, and walking in the woods. Robin lives in the country with her husband and dogs.
Published April 1, 2003 by Holiday House. 244 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Beth Gardner, the “invisible girl in Seat 5 Row 4,” finds an ally in Henry David Thoreau, the next author in her eighth-grade English textbook.

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The diary Beth keeps ("The events of the day spilled out of my pen in a clear stream of words") eventually makes it into the school newspaper, sparking a rebellion when the woods are threatened by real estate developers.

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