The Speed of Light by Ron Carlson

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Car Baseball
Sock Ball
Wall Ball
The Time Tower: can you get older faster?
The speed of light: can it be measured?
A carp, washed up in the riberbank: what's inside?

Larry, Witt, and Rafferty have a whole summer to play all the different kinds of baseball, to build structures in the backyard, to find out what makes the world tick. "We've got to keep busy," says Witt. I want to know everything. Not just part."

Larry doesn't want to know what keeps him heading for Witt's backyard, rich with weeds and rotting appliances, whenever he's not at baseball practice. All he knows is that there's no one he'd rather be with than these two friends, that the chaos of Witt's universe offers refuge from his own orderly home and an entrance into a world of change, growth, and unpredictability. THE HOTEL EDEN author Ron Carlson's first novel for young readers is a heady immersion in the first moments of adolescence, when nothing is as it ever was before.


About Ron Carlson

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Ron Carlson teaches creative writing at Arizona State and lives in Scottsdale. His stories, much anthologized, have appeared in "The New Yorker", "Harper's, Esquire, Playboy", and other magazines.
Published June 1, 2003 by HarperTempest. 288 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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"This is what we know about death, right here," Witt Dimmick says to his friends Larry and Rafferty, pointing at the burned-out remains of a TV set that was, moments ago, the stage for their latest mad-scientist experiment (trying to revive Witt's pet lizard, killed by his abusive father).

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Deseret News

Utah's own Ron Carlson, now a professor of English at Arizona State University, is a master of the short story.

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