The One-room Schoolhouse by Jim Heynen
Stories About the Boys

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More than one hundred carefully crafted stories capture the flavor of the country, the spirit of ""the boys,"" and all of the uniqueness, curiosity, and wonderment of children. 15,000 first printing. $15,000 ad/promo. Tour.

About Jim Heynen

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A widely published author, Jim Heynen is perhaps best known for his collections of short prose featuring young farm boys: The One Room Schoolhouse (Knopf, 1993; Vintage, 1994), The Boys' House (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2001), You Know What is Right (North Point Press, 1985), and The Man Who Kept Cigars in His Cap (Graywolf, 1979). His most recent collection of poems is titled Standing Naked: New and Selected Poems (Confluence Press, 2001). He has written two young adult novels, Cosmos Coyote and William the Nice (Henry Holt, 2000; Harper-Collins, 2001) as well as Being Youngest (Henry Holt, 1997), and one major book of nonfiction, One Hundred Over 100 (Fulcrum, 1990), which featured one hundred American centenarians. He has frequently been featured on National Public Radio reading his own stories and has been awarded National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in both poetry and fiction. Jim Heynen lives in St. Paul with his wife Sally Williams, a former books editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Published January 1, 1993 by Vintage Books. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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They steal a watermelon from a town woman's garden (``Gotcha'') and blame the man who sneaks up on them and turns them in: ``Good people don't crawl on their hands and knees through the tomatoes to catch boys stealing.'' In ``Dancing with Chickens,'' they sneak into the coops in the early morning...

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For example, in ``Eye to Eye,'' the ``youngest boy'' sneaks into the pen where a pig is giving birth and stares right into the piglet's eye the moment it is born: a certain intelligence--and innocence--are mutually acknowledged in an instant, and the boy realizes he has been ``somewhere no one el...

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