Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis. 256 p. Scholastic Inc., January 30, 2018. 9780545156660.

Publisher synopsis: Twelve-year-old Charlie is down on his luck: His sharecropper father just died and Cap'n Buck -- the most fearsome man in Possum Moan, South Carolina -- has come to collect a debt. Fearing for his life, Charlie strikes a deal with Cap'n Buck and agrees to track down some folks accused of stealing from the cap'n and his boss. It's not too bad of a bargain for Charlie... until he comes face-to-face with the fugitives and discovers their true identities. Torn between his guilty conscience and his survival instinct, Charlie needs to figure out his next move -- and soon. It's only a matter of time before Cap'n Buck catches on.

There are many reasons why I am sorry that I couldn't make the ALAN Workshop this year. Hearing Christopher Paul Curtis speak is in the top 10, top 5, top 2. I love his books and the man himself exudes such warmth and humor. What a treasure!

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