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Spud Sweetgrass

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Thousands of readers have come to love the humor and honesty of the "Spud Sweetgrass" mysteries--and they're now available in paperback! Young Adult.
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Gr 6-9‘In this story, Spud Sweetgrass must deal with his father's death, his mother's withdrawal into grief, his expulsion from school, his new girlfriend, and a mystery about the pollution of the Ottawa River. Doyle conveys a sense of place and the cultural diversity of the Canadian city. Humorously weaving many other contemporary issues into the novel, the author paints a vivid, touching portrait of one boy's coming-of-age. Spud, nicknamed that because of his job working for Mr. Fryday on a chipwagon, is part Irish, part Aboriginal, and part lots else. He's pretty much on his own; his mother doesn't even realize he's been expelled. When the school finally calls to reinstate him, she realizes how abandoned her son has been. With grit, however, he has managed to confront a polluter, get fired then rehired, and deal with his own acute sense of loss. Doyle captures perfectly adolescent thoughts and feelings, and writes of them with humor yet tenderness. Readers will be rooting for Spud, certain he's a survivor. The very few Canadian idioms in no way affect the accessibility of the novel for U.S. readers, who are sure to clamor for more about Spud.‘Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME

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