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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt
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Apr 03, 10

bookshelves: 2010-audio-books, 2010fiction

When Zakary Beaver Came to Town, by Kimberly Willis Holt, A. narrated by Will Patton, produced by Listening Library, downloaded from audible.com.

Toby lives in a boring town, Antler Texas, where nothing ever happens. But, while he and his best friend Cal stood in line beside a trailer one day, a sign went up saying they could pay to see the fattest boy in the world-600 pounds. They paid and went in to see him. He looked at t.v. or read and paid no attention to the people coming in, and he was truly huge. His name was Zakary Beaver. Then, his handler left town, to bring some other acts to his show, he said, and left Zakary alone in the trailer. The little town took him on, brought him food and did his shopping and laundry. Then Cal and Toby and their friends engineered getting Toby out of the trailer and to a drive-in movie, for starters. They became friends of Toby’s and forgot about how fat he was. Also, that same summer, two other things were changing for Toby. His mother left to go to Nashville to become a country singer and was not coming back. And Cal’s older brother, who he considered almost a brother of his own, went off to Vietnam. This is a coming-of-age young adult novel taking place in 1961, and was utterly charming. And I think I’ve made it clear before that Will Patton could read the phone book out loud and I’d buy the book. He was perfect for this book.

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