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Onion John by Joseph Krumgold
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Nov 02, 2009

it was ok
Read in October, 2009

This was quite different. It's the story of a boy's friendship with the town outsider, and the effect that bond has on the boy's father-son relationship, and on the close-knit community. I can't say I identified with it much. However, I did like the issues Krumgold raised about the right way to offer to help someone. In this case, do you offer the help you think the person needs, even if he/she doesn't really want it? How do you know that you know best what he/she needs? Here, we see the down sides of being a push-ahead do-gooder. But it's a fine line between letting someone live irrationally and letting him influence your child into doing the same...
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