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Crows & Cards by Joseph Helgerson
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Sep 28, 09

bookshelves: middle-grade-fiction
Read in September, 2009

This one was a surprise, but Helgerson tells a great story! The young protagonist, Zeb, is sent off to St. Louis to learn a trade, but on the riverboat, he teams up with a wild gambler. Zeb is authentically naive and earnest, and his initial excitement for this new life is only tempered slightly by his guilt at disobeying his parents. This is clearly an homage to Tom Sawyer and similar river rats, but Helgerson pulls it off with style. Funny, engaging, cxciting, this one is worth a read!
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