The Glass Cafe by Gary Paulsen
Or the Stripper and the State; How My Mother Started a War with the System That Made Us Kind of Rich and a Little Bit Famous

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THE STORY IS all true and happened to me and is mine.

Tony’s mom, Al, is a terrific single mother who works as a dancer at the Kitty Kat Club. Twelve-year-old Tony is a budding artist, inspired by backstage life at the club. When some of his drawings end up in an art show and catch the attention of the social services agency, Al and Tony find themselves in the middle of a legal wrangle and a media circus. Is Al a responsible mother? It’s the case of the stripper vs. the state, and Al isn’t giving Tony up without a fight.

Once again Gary Paulsen proves why he’s one of America’s most-beloved writers. The Glass Café is a fresh and funny exploration of motherhood, art, and the wiles of storytelling—all told by Tony, in his own true voice.


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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 18, 2007 by Laurel Leaf. 114 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Long, breathless sentences like this one create a distinct voice for the 12-year-old narrator of this light comedy that features a supermom who’s raising a child and working her way toward graduate school as an exotic dancer at the Kitty Kat Club.

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The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!Twelve-year-old Tony Henson is a skilled artist and his mother Alice is an exotic dancer at the Kitty Kat Club.

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Kidz World

The Glass Cafe is the kind of book that might have been banned from libraries 50 years ago.

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Kidz World

The Glass Cafe is the latest teen novel written by author Gary Paulsen and it's all about the world of stripping and whether or not it's the right place for kids to be.

Dec 27 2006 | Read Full Review of The Glass Cafe: Or the Stripp...

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