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Leaving Summer, The
"In the summer of his 11th year, Austin Carroll matures beyond the naiveti, dependence, and security of childhood....When two convicts escape while working in his father's tomato fields and one is seriously injured, the boy and his aunt secretly transport the man to her basement, where they hide him and nurse him back to health....Set in western North Carolina in 1958, ...more
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published May 20th 1996 by HarperCollins
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I liked how Austin and Ada were able to look past Bass's convict status and help him. Well, in Ada's case, help him and fall in love with him. In the end though, her and Bass didn't end up together, but there's still hope they'll see each other again.