The Tent by Gary Paulsen
(Laurel-Leaf Books)

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Teenage Steven and his father, Corey, take to the road with a Bible, an old army tent, and less than the best of intentions. Tired of being poor, Steven's father is certain that preaching the Word of the Lord is the easy way to fame and fortune. But just when they've got their act down pat and the money is rolling in, Steven and Corey begin to realize that what they'd originally thought of as a harmless lie is all about avarice and power and, ultimately, guilt.
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About Gary Paulsen

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GARY PAULSEN has written nearly two hundred books for young people, including the Newbery Honor Books Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room. He divides his time between a home in New Mexico and a boat on the Pacific Ocean.
 
Published November 1, 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 96 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This has a slightly manipulative plot -- the kind that overwhelms the protagonists, and makes readers willing to swallow any details as long as the characters reach their goal -- accompanied by some light moralizing by Steven (the narration remains gracefully nonjudgmental), which is always perip...

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PW praised the pacing and settings of this tale of father and son scammers posing as preachers, but found that ""the symbolism and message are trumpeted too loudly, drowning out attempts to create lifelike complexity in either the characters or their situation."" Ages 12-up.

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Billed as ``a parable in one sitting,'' Paulsen's newest is not so much a full-fledged novel or novella as a story dominated by a single theme.

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