This title is set in America, 1955. A sixteen-year-old boy is alone in the world for the first time.
He's new at everything, working in the beet fields and learning to survive on his own.
Once he has a pair of Levis and money in his pocket, he thinks he knows all there is to know about life...until he meets Ruby.
Gary Paulsen is a three time winner of the Newberry Honor Medal and one of America's most popular writers for young people.
Running away from home at the age of 16, and travelling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adventure.
A youthful summer of rigorous chores on a farm; jobs as an engineer, construction worker, ranch hand, truck driver and sailor; and two rounds of the 1,180 mile Alaskan dog sled race 'the Iditarod' have provided ample material from which he creates his powerful stories.