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A 100 "Best of the Best" ALA Best Books for Young Adults of the Last 25 Years, Up Country is a heart-wrenching, powerful story from an exceptionally talented writer.
Carl knows he's playing with fire every time he fixes up a stolen car stereo to resell. But he needs the money; how else is he going to get away from his boozing mom and her endless parade of classy guys? Then one night his mother's drinking gets out of control and Carl's plan to get himself a decent life takes a nosedive. Sent to live with distant relatives far away from the life he has always known, Carl is faced with a decision: run away and stick with The Plan, or come up with a new one...fast.
About the Author
Alden R. Carter (www.aldencarter.com) is an award-winning author of nine novels, twenty books of nonfiction, and six picture books. His books for young adults include ALA Best Books for Young Adults Bull Catcher and Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Mr. Carter lives with his family in Wisconsin.
Praise for Up Country...
"A strong central character...a well-placed, believable plot."—School Library Journal
"Carl's...turnabout is convincing enough to sustain the story's power."—Booklist
"Gripping, satisfying, and heart-wrenching--another winner from a talented writer."—Voya
"A powerful story, memorably told."—Kirkus Reviews