Toughing It by Nancy Springer

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Tuff’s father is gone and his mother can barely care for her pack of children in their riverside trailer. Dillon is the only person Tuff can rely on. Then Tuff’s life is shattered when his older brother is senselessly murdered. When he leaves home in search of Dillon’s killer his mother yells out a name--Penrose Leppo--Tuff’s father. Tuff finds a haven at Pen Leppo’s little shack of a store. As he desperately attempts to figure out who killed his brother, Tuff finds an ally in Pen--and most important, a friend who makes him realize that solving the murder won’t bring Dillon back.

About Nancy Springer

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Author Nancy Springer was born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1948. She received a degree in English Literature from Gettysburg College in 1970. She has written about 40 books for children, young adults, and adults including the Sea King Trilogy, the Tales of Rowan Hood series, the Book of Isle Trilogy, and the Enola Holmes series. She has won numerous awards including the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, the Joan Fassler Memorial Book Award, and two Edgar Allen Poe Awards. She currently lives in Dallastown, Pennsylvania and teaches creative writing at York College of Pennsylvania.
Published November 1, 1994 by Harcourt. 119 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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When Dillon is killed riding his bike to town, his younger brother Tuff loses the only person in the world who has ever cared for him.

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Tuff is riding with his older brother, Dillon, on the back of his dirt bike, when Dillon is absurdly killed--shot by a rigged gun along a mountain path.

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