Best Book of 1987
Named as one of
the Best of the
Best: the 100 Best YA Books of
the Last 25 Years by the Young Adult Library Services Division of the
A New York
Public Library Best
Book for the Teenage
A Booklist Editors'
A South Dakota
YA Reading Program
A Michigan Best
YA Book Award
Readers Award nominee
Young Readers Program
Named to 150
Books: A Sesquicentennial
Collection of Books of Wisconsin from the
Polk Library, UW--Oshkosh
Recommended on Booklists
Kids, a web site maintained by
the Lake Oswego Public Library, Lake Oswego, OR
Listed in Best
Books for Junior
published by R.
R. Bowker Co.
Listed in What
Do Young Adults
from Gale Research
Listed in All-Star
Young Adults, a web site from the Mount Prospect Public Library,
Recommended in Panache
the home page of the Farmington Public Library, Farmington, MI
THE BOOK JACKET:
knows he's living on the edge. His mother parties a little too hard.
himself is in on a sweet little stolen car-radio operation. If only he
can stash away enough money to get himself out of here and get a new
a decent life. The Plan falls through when his mother is arrested and
to clean herself up. Where does that leave Carl? Up in the country,
his clean-living and straight-laced relatives, relatives he doesn't
relatives he doesn't want to know. Now all Carl wants to do is run
But it's not so easy anymore. Because how can you run away from people
who really care?
treatment of an adolescent male's interior life, fears and triumphs.
tough-minded plotting and narration make it a powerful story, memorably
Reviews from Amazon.com:
August 16, 2001
adam from Illinois
I used to
not like books this book changed my mind! A must read. Very touching
a great wake up call to life!
December 2, 2000
A reader from San Jose, CA USA
I read this
book for an 8th Grade book report, and I have read it over and over
Every time I read it I get the same feelings I had the first time I
feels what a real 16 year old boy would feel if he were in that same
and it amazes me how well the author expressed that.
book, March 29, 1999
Reviewer: A reader from Elkton, SD, US
I think that this book is the best book I've ever read, and each time I
read it I get the same feeling over again.
from despair and
hope from depression, February 24, 1999
A reader from SVSU
Up Country is
the story of a young boy Carl who finds the deck stacked against him.
do you find help when your Mom is an alcoholic prostitute? Carl finds
from the most unwelcome source, his upstate relatives in hicksville!
ironic that the only way he can get there is to be caught by the police
for helping his mother attack a cop, and then
operating a theft ring. Lessons from responsibility, respect, humor,
friendship are to be found with a family that really cares. The really
hard choices come when he has to choose between support for himself or
helping his Mom. What should any of us do?
Please order through your bookstore,
wholesaler, or from the publisher: us.penguingroup.com
The author has
a small number
of hardcover copies available at $16.95 plus $3.00
and handling. Library sales only, please.