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The Paper Cowboy by [Levine, Kristin]
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* A winningly authentic, realistic and heartwarming family drama. "Kirkus Reviews," starred review
* A thoughtful story about understanding and compassion, distinguished by complex characters and a supportive, tight-knit community. "Publishers Weekly," starred review
* A sophisticated, powerful story about a community s ability to help one another out, and the paper cowboy who helps bring them together. "Booklist," starred review
* Tommy's struggle to bring his family together ends up bringing the whole community together. His journey is filled with many lessons for young readers and many historically accurate portrayals of life at that time... the lessons--acceptance of others, coming together to help others, forgiveness, and coping with mental illness--are well worth teaching. "Examiner.com"
* Levine deftly captures a time period filled with an overarching paranoia and small-town life filled with tensions on many levels. "School Library Journal"
Creating a book that reads as though written in one effortless breath requires a rare talent Readers will root for a painfully shy girl to discover the depths of her own courage and find hope in the notion that even in tumultuous times, standing up for the people you love can t be wrong. Satisfying, gratifying, touching, weighty this authentic piece of work has got soul. "The New York Times Book Review"
[A] stunning piece of historical fiction. "School Library Journal, " starred review
[A] riveting, frequently tense portrait of 1958 Little Rock. "Publishers Weekly, " starred review
[A] quietly powerful page-turner. "Kirkus Reviews, " starred review

[An] energetic, seamlessly narrated first novel Levine handles the setting with grace and nuance. "Publishers Weekly, " starred review
This classic story of how unlikely persons can change things for the better should appeal to all readers. "VOYA, "starred review

Awards and Accolades for "The Lions of Little Rock"
New York Times Editors' Choice
2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults title
2013 ALA Notable Nominee
Named a "Booklist" Top 10 Historical Fiction for 2012
2013 Amelia Bloomer Project Pick
VOYA Topshelf Middle Grade Pick
Rebecca Caudill Readers Award (Illinois State List)
Nominatedto Connecticut s Nutmeg Book Award List
Nominated tothe Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award List
Nominated to the 2013 Texas Lone Star Reading List
Nominated tothe 2013-2014 South Carolina Book Award List
Nominated tothe 2013-2014 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award List
Nominated to the 2013-2014 Keystone to Reading Book Awards
Nominated to the 2014 Kentucky Blue Grass Award List
Nominated to the 2013-2014 Maine Book Award List
Nominated to Kansas' William Allen White Award Master List
A Capitol Choices' Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens
A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
NY Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing
Betsy Bird 100 Magnificent Children s Books
2013 Bank Street Best Book of the Year
Arkansas Historical Association Susannah DeBlack Award
2012 Cybils Finalist
2012 Nerdy Book Awards Nominee
Multiple Mock Newbery lists, including Anderson's.
Sold to Scholastic Book Club and Listening Library
Scholastic Bestseller (Feb. 2013)

Awards and Accolades for "The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had"
2010ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Nominated to the 2012 Garden State Children's Book Award List
Nominated to the 2012 Utah Beehive Award List
Nominated to the 2011-2012 Land of Enchantment Book Award Master List (New Mexico)
Nominatedto the 2010-2011 Virginia Readers Choice Award Master List
Nominated to the2010-2011 Alabama Cemellia Children s Choice Book Award Master List
Nominated to the 2010 Kansas State Reading Circle Catalog
Nominated to the 2010 Pennsylvania School Library Association s Young Adult Top Forty (or so)
2010 Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children s Literature Honor Book
Indie Next Spring 2009
2010 Top Ten Novels for Youth on Audio
Sold to Scholastic and Korea

Kristin Levine"

About the Author

Kristin Levine lives in Alexandria, VA with her two daughters. "The Paper Cowboy" is her third novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3317 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers; Dgs Rep edition (4 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1e9c2f4) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
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HASH(0xa1cdbedc) out of 5 stars A Look At Life (And Mental Illness) Through A Cold War Child’s Eyes 5 Sept. 2014
By Zachary Koenig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The process of growing up is generally the same throughout the ages. It is merely the times that change. “The Paper Cowboy” is a story about growing up set to the backdrop of Cold War America.
For a basic plot summary, “Paper Cowboy” tells the story of young Tommy, who is just your everyday, average youngster. One day, however, Tommy finds a newspaper written by a Communist faction at the local dump and turns it into his own private quest to find the owner and rat him/her out in true McCarthy-ism fashion. Before he can start the process, though, Tommy’s sister is badly burned and taken to the hospital, prompting his already-a-bit-mentally-unstable mother to “jump off the deep end” and resort to both physical and emotional abuse to cope with the injury to the girl. As Tommy takes over the paper route once belonging to his sister (and gets to know the neighborhood in the process), he begins to understand a bit more about the power of community and the danger (or perhaps brilliance) of an idea.
The reason this book is an enjoyable read is a simple one, yet it stands the test of time: it draws you into the characters. All the characters in this book are so well-written that you quickly begin feeling for them and want to know how they all turn out. The plot of the story can be a bit helter-skelter at times, but it really doesn’t matter because author Kristin Levine develops the characters so well.
Plus, though “The Paper Cowboy” is primarily marketed to YA audiences, it can be enjoyed by adult readers like myself. I found it quite difficult to put down, as I began the sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes humorous journey of Tommy going from a boy to a young man.
Overall, I enjoyed “The Paper Cowboy” more than I thought I would, to be honest. It looks like it might be strictly YA fare in the beginning, but then quickly takes things to another emotional level that will draw in any audience.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1ce0828) out of 5 stars The Paper Cowboy 18 Nov. 2014
By Sandra Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Paper Cowboy is a well written story about a family growing up in the 1950's in a small Midwestern town. I loved the perspective in the story of bullying through the bully's eyes. While there are a lot of characters that are easy to despise, there are a lot that are extremely lovable as well and Levine did a fantastic job showing how complex people can be. This was a book that I enjoyed as a mom and so did my 10 year old son!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1ce0384) out of 5 stars Excellent historical fiction 5 Jan. 2015
By Tere Hager - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I recently read a blog post by Betsy Bird of Fuse 8 Productions about the worst parents in recent children's books. I think Tommy's parents in Kristin Levine's " The Paper Cowboy" are way up there on the list.

Tommy is a young boy ( about 5th or 6 the grade -I don't think it says) growing up in a small Illinois town in the 1950's. This is the time of Lone Ranger on the radio, John Wayne movies in the downtown theater, McCarthy's Red Scare in the news, and immigrant neighbors wearing the scars of WW II. Things are bad at home. Tommy's mom has always been moody, but after the birth of a 4th baby and a serious accident involving his older sister, Mom's moods turn violent, and Tommy bears the brunt of it. Mom' s terrible traits can perhaps be excused. It's clear she is mentally ill. But, it's Tommy's father that is most disturbing. His willful ignorance of what Tommy is facing is more than just your typical 1950's Dad being out of touch with what's going on at home.

Mom's episodes of rage are terrifying and Tommy is utterly alone to deal with them while his big sister is in the hospital. His alienation and fear as he realizes his dad is not going to help is palpable. Yet, he realizes there are people in his community to turn to. He fearfully and tentatively asks for help, and it's a beautiful thing.

I love books about the Red Scare. It's a time that is not addressed all that often in children's and YA historical fiction, especially compared to WWII and then the Civil Rights era of the 1960's. However, it's a fascinating time, especially through the eyes of a young boy who just wants to be a cowboy and thinks he can do that by rooting out "Commies" in his small town. Levine does a masterful job of showing small town 50's life- with hints of the horrors of the recent past and the tumultuous years that are coming in the next decade.

While the ending of Tommy's tale might be wrapped up just a little too neatly, " The Paper Cowboy" is a beautiful, heartfelt story with small-town life, helpful neighbors, family struggles and a bully being redeemed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1ce0d80) out of 5 stars Powerful YA Fiction 29 Aug. 2015
By christeljayne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I read this book to preview it for our school library. Although it is written for about grade 5 and up, this book was an incredibly enjoyable read even to me as an adult. The plot is captivating but not unbelievable. The characters are realistically flawed but redeemable. There are so many beautiful life lessons that are sprinkled throughout the tale; many are learned and shared by the main character, 12-year-old Tommy, but other characters learn and change and share their lessons with the reader as well. I especially appreciate that this book tastefully deals with the imperfections and shortcomings of people and society; many YA fiction books are either too soft or too graphic, but this one addresses real issues in a believable yet appropriate way. I believe that any ten to ninety year-old person could enjoy and learn from this story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1ce0f30) out of 5 stars I love how it wrapped up though 19 Dec. 2014
By MomOf3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The main character is a bully, and he is having a rough time dealing with issues at home. While reading it, I was both angry and sympathetic. I love how it wrapped up though. I think it is a good read for middle readers and up. Younger children (especially) would benefit most if another person read the book too--I think it provides great opportunities for discussion.
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