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Blackwater Ben

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Ben works at Blackwater Logging Camp as cook’s helper to his Pa. Long days of flipping pancakes and peeling potatoes with his ornery Pa make Ben long to be out in the woods with the lumberjacks. Felling logs, sawing trees, driving a team through the snowy woods . . . that’s what Ben wants to be doing.

But the long cold winter in a camp filled with outlandi
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 12th 2005 by Yearling (first published November 11th 2003)
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Colby
Mar 06, 2016 Colby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blackwater Ben
By William Durbin




William Durbin did a really good in this book about telling the history of lumberjacks but in a cook position. I think a lot of the time you hear just about the lumberjacks and the stress and all of their work, but I don’t know that there is as much credit given to all of the men that keep them fed. There are so many different parts that affect the readers, like when they talk about when Ben's mother dieing and when he learns more about her.

Blackwater Ben was the f
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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
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Ken Yliniemi
Jan 19, 2016 Ken Yliniemi rated it really liked it
Even though this is YA literature, it really is a historical fiction that is great for any age. The story of a young boy who works with his father in 1897 in a logging camp in northern Minnesota one winter. It covers a lot of the day to day life of a cook and the adventures in the logging camp and how it all worked. A great read and Durbin writes this all so well in his great style!
Duane
Jan 11, 2010 Duane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Christina
Nov 01, 2010 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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..
Maureen
Mar 27, 2012 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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