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Four Miles to Pinecone

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  128 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Tom Barry's summer starts off bad and only gets worse. He not only has to write a paper during the summer, but he sees his best friend rob a store. He doesn't tell a soul about it, but then later in the summer, at his uncle's resort in the Minnesota woods, Tom becomes part of something much worse. The stakes are higher and this time his life is on the line.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 30th 1989 by Fawcett (first published 1977)
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This is a boy scout of a book. By that I mean its well intentioned and certainly an adequate read but not at all spectacular. The writer's conciet is that this story is being written by a high schooler who has failed English and is making up for it by writing a 48 page paper between his sophomore and junior years. Well, the book is sophomoric in spots. The story moves right along. The plot details are all there and it does give an interesting picture of what one young man may have felt about com ...more
It's fun to read books that you had to read for school as a teenager to see what you think of them as an adult. I remember reading this for English and I thought the character of Tom seemed like such a stud. I think a little differently now but I can see why it was a book choice for teenagers. It had a good story to question what is morally a right thing to do in life, friends or not and it was by a Minnesota author too!
It’s a young adult novel written by one of my favorite authors, Jon Hassler! Published in 1977, FMTP is an innocent novel for young adults. Very innocent.

The action begins when school ends. Tom Barry is faced with a failing grade from his English teacher. He is offered a chance at redemption: he is assigned to write a story during summer vacation. Can he do it?

Well, the story he is assigned to write actually writes itself, as Tom witnesses two crimes and experiences betrayal from unexpected sour
Cindy Erickson
One of the BEST, if not THE best, read aloud I ever did.
This quick retro-read reminded me of SE Hinton's books.
boring.. but some interesting parts..
a great thriller...especially for kids
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Jon Hassler was born in Minneapolis, but spent his formative years in the small Minnesota towns of Staples and Plainview, where he graduated from high school. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from St. John's University in 1955. While teaching English at three different Minnesota high schools, he received his Master of Arts degree in English from the University of North Dakota in ...more
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