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Popcorn Days and Buttermilk Nights

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Carley recalls the extraordinary summer when, as a troubled fourteen-year-old, he first came to northern Minnesota to stay with his blacksmith Uncle David and gained not only new skills but also a new sense of himself.
Paperback, 100 pages
Published August 30th 1983 by Dutton Books (first published 1983)
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Feb 22, 2011 Corinna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my son's summer reading book in 2010. He was griping about reading it and I decided to read it as well, as a show of solidarity and also to hopefully find some way to encourage him to get through the slow parts.

I enjoyed some aspects of this book - some of the stories about country life, the way that Carly's environment shaped his thoughts and actions, the characters. Much of that was well done. I could also see how my upcoming 6th grader was having a hard time feeling at all excited a
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Dec 05, 2014 Trevor Neidlinger rated it liked it
This book was very entertaining and always kept me in to the book. It was very well written and I could see everything the author was writing. Also, it was neat to be able to learn about the little things in life that you don't really look for. In the book you learn a lot of good life lessons. For instance, when they didn't have any money David used other ways to make sure his family was happy. It shows that money isn't everything and as long as you have family in your life you can be happy.

It w
Luke Powers
Jun 24, 2016 Luke Powers rated it really liked it
I liked this kids chapter book quite a bit. The themes resonated with me. While I'd like to think a modern city kid could get something out of the book, I'm afraid it just wouldn't appeal to today's youth. It deals with themes of poverty, hard work, caring for one's neighbor, dependence on one another, and creating something from nothing. The inherent satisfaction in these things is hard for most folks to understand.

I initially chose this title because I was looking for a short audio book for m
I try choosing short Audio Books usually 6 CD's at the most this one was 3. This book was good because of the narrator's Norwegian Accent. The story was cool too, but my favorite was how the author vividly described everything I could actually imagine working as a blacksmith, making horseshoes and fixing tools.
Nov 23, 2009 Mariana rated it really liked it
I did actually enjoy this book. It is filled with how different cities and rich people are, to countrey poor people are. I could tell it was deffinetly written for kids, but I enjoyed it anyway.
Sep 10, 2012 Lindsey rated it liked it
An interesting, short novel. Great for tween and adolescents, especially boys. Really like Paulsen's writing style, his imagery, and his injection of emotion without being overbearing.
Aug 03, 2012 Nadene rated it it was amazing
This was a great YA read aloud or alone. Sweet story takes place in 40-50's in the country. A young delinquent is sent to the counry to reform, but finds a whole new life. Coming of age.
Dec 16, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one, but then, I am a bit biased, having Norwegian ancestry. A carefully nuanced story, simple but heartening.
Aug 21, 2008 Valerie rated it did not like it
This is my summer reading book and I think that it is horrible. Don't read it.
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Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read--along with his own library card--he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.

Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adve
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