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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (edition 2011)

by Kimberly Willis Holt (Author)

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Title:When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
Authors:Kimberly Willis Holt (Author)
Info:Square Fish (2011), Edition: Reprint, 256 pages
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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt



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One summer in the small, sleepy town of Antler, Texas, Toby Wilson's life changes. Toby is a boy who lives with his parents, but his mother runs off to Nashville to enter a singing contest. She doesn't win but she doesn't come home to Antler either.
Later, he and his best friend Cal McKnight meet an extremely overweight, adolescent sideshow freak named Zachary Beaver, who has no parents or friends. Zachary, "The Fattest Boy Ever," spends most of his time in a camp trailer which has hooked up to the Bowl - a - rama for electricity.He is abandoned by is his leagal guadian, Paulie. The townspeople bring him food but Zachary never leaves the tiny trailer. Toby and Cal get to know him, and soon become friends with him even though Zachary is grouchy and doesn't always tell the truth. Toby and Cal discover Zachary had a Baptismal Bible but it only has his name it. Nothing else has been filled out. They set out on a mission to get Zachary baptised. He is of course too big to fit in the local church Baptismal pool.
A good coming of age story. Sweet, bittersweet.

A movie was made of this book in 2003. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
Another one of those stories about a kid's discovery of the complexities of the real world and of his family and friends. ?ŠThere's a lot of gray; not everyone is good or bad, not every decision is right or wrong; there are no easy fixes. ?√ɬ°This book is probably marketed more effectively to classroom teachers than to kids. ?√ɬ°Vietnam? Check. ?√ɬ°1971? Check. ?√ɬ°Rural Texas? Check. ?√ɬ°Mother abandoning family? Check. ?√ɬ°Visiting kid who almost belongs in The Guinness Book of World Records? ?√ɬ°Check. ?√ɬ°Immigrant field workers? Check.

Some of the side characters were the most interesting, to me, Kate and the Sheriff especially. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
A fairly mundane story but somehow I was drawn in to it. Life in a small Texas town in 1971 must have been pretty boring. The usual YA morality play about real life and understanding people different from you. It is a little more grown up than most though, so perhaps that's why I kind of liked it. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
This was my first Holt book but it certainly won't be my last. This is an accomplished book. I really felt like I was following the lives of several youths in a small Texas town during summer. Characters are quickly developed by Holt and are the kind you'd like to see on TV and even meet. The story reads and feels real to me. I'd recommend this to any kid 11 and up and any adult too. ( )
  RalphLagana | Jan 23, 2016 |
  mrsforrest | Feb 23, 2015 |
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Nothing ever happens in Antler, Texas. Nothing much at all. Until this afternoon, when an old blue Thunderbird pulls a trailer decorated with Christmas lights into the Dairy Maid parking lot.
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Nothing ever happens in Toby's small Texas town. Nothing much until this summer that's full of big changes.
It's tough for Toby when his mother leaves home to become a country singer. And Toby takes it hard when his best friend Cal's older brother goes off to fight in Vietnam. But now their sleepy town is about to get an even bigger jolt with the arrival of Zachary Beaver, billed as the fattest boy in the world. Toby is in for a summer unlike any other, a summer sure to change his life.

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During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the world.

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