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Blackwater Ben

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  5 reviews
"Blackwater Ben" centers on the adventures of a teen spending the winter working in the kitchen of a logging camp in 1898.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 11th 2003 by Wendy Lamb Books
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Miss Amanda
gr 4-7 191 pgs

Blackwater Logging Camp, Minnesota, 1898. When 12 year old Ben is told that he must quit school to work at the logging camp with his father, he is thrilled even if it means working in the kitchen. Since his mother died, Ben's father has been even more distant and Ben hopes to get to know him better as they work together. The story provides a lot of information about daily life and the harsh living and working conditions of the camp.

I think this book would appeal to readers who enjo
Young Ben finds himself working in a logging camp in Minnesota with his cook father. The reader will enjoy reading about the harsh weather, harsh men, and intense daily work that makes a logging camp in the 1800's so interesting. Meant for preteen readers, the reader will enjoy learning the dialect of loggers and the trials and fun they endured in harsh conditions.
William Durbin did such a fine job of creating a motley crew of characters in this fictional story about a logging camp in the 1800's. I read it and then shared it the boy's book club, and they loved it too. It is a fantastic book for boys to read, very funny, and full of adventure and history.
This book is mainly for boys, but I think that girls will enjoy this book too. I also liked how the glossary was in the front of the book, instead of the back of the book. The reader knows the terminology before they start reading the book..
Carol C
3.5 stars. The story of a young boy who helps his father, a cook in a logging camp kitchen. The cabin we visit yearly in Northern Minnesota is on the site of a former logging camp. So, I thought my kids might enjoy reading this book.
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William Durbin is an author and teacher who lives at the edge of Minnesota's Boundary Waters Wilderness. The winner of both the Great Lakes Book Award and the Minnesota Book award, Mr. Durbin has published numerous books for young readers. Mr. Durbin has also published poetry and essays, and has supervised writing research projects for the NCTE, Middlebury College, and the Bingham Trust for Charit ...more
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