Item description for Park's Quest by Katherine Paterson...
Overview Eleven-year-old Park makes some startling discoveries when he travels to his grandfather's farm in Virginia to learn about his father who died in the Vietnam War
Publishers Description Written by Newbery Medalist, National Book Award winner, and Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal recipient Katherine Paterson Park can't figure out why his mother refuses to talk about his father who died in Vietnam. Park has no memory of him. But he is determined to find out the answers to his questions. When Park's search finally takes him to his gradfather's farm in rural Virginia, he meets obstacles beyond his imagining. Instead of being welcomed as the long lost heir, he is taunted by a young Vietnamese girl. Who is she, and what is she doing on the family farm? And will Park be able to accept the ultimate truth he has sought?
Citations And Professional Reviews Park's Quest by Katherine Paterson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1106
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 542
Booklist - 12/01/1992 page 661
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 578
Booklist - 08/01/1998 page 1991
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 518
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 509
Publishers Weekly - 09/29/1989
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 690
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 740
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 968
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.6" Width: 5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 1989
ISBN 0140342621 ISBN13 9780140342628 UPC 051488005995
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More About Katherine Paterson
Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books, including 16 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, forBridge to Terabithiain 1978 andJacob Have I Lovedin 1981.The Master Puppeteerwon the National Book Award in 1977 andThe Great Gilly Hopkinswon the National Book Award in 1979 and was also a Newbery Honor Book. For the body of her work she received the Hans Christian Anderson Award in 1998, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2006, and in 2000 was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. She is a vice-president of theNational Children s Book and Literacy Allianceand is a member of the board of trustees forVermont College of Fine Arts. She is also a honorary lifetime member of theInternational Board of Books for Young Peopleand an Alida Cutts lifetime member of the US section, USBBY. She is the 2010-2011National Ambassador for Young People s Literature."
Katherine Paterson currently resides in Barre, in the state of Vermont.
Reviews - What do customers think about Park's Quest?
Some problems of foreign wars May 13, 2008
I'm a big King Arthur book fan so I appreciate knowing about another good tale. I served in the Army during the Vietnam war and one fellow in my company tried unsuccessfully to get permission to marry his Korean sweet heart and bring her home (that was in Fort Belvoir , Virginia). I found that going to the east coast from California was like stepping into a time machine. The ideas of "class" and "race" had not passed away with civil rights laws, but seemed written on people's hearts. The children of our liberation from prejudice had to shoulder the load? I doubt that a world free of prejudice will ever happen, but the first to bridge that gap have to be the children. Although maybe a little forced in sentimentality at the end, this is a fine story of an old family coming to grips with a new reality.
flat characters, sexist, and not that fun to read Dec 6, 2006
This is not really a favorite of mine. It might have been the subtly...misogynist would be too strong a word...male biased perspective. (I don't think this was necessarily the author's intention, or if it was, if could have to do with creating a sense of realism that this is a boy with issues talking during the late 1980's, since he was also quite racist.) Even with this, it is an opportunity to uncover those subtle messages of blame and judgment on the female characters and talk about them and why men generally receive different treatment in the book, so if someone had to read it for class, for example, a Good teacher might bring up these ideas. Otherwise, it leaves you with a somewhat icky feeling, or at least it did with me.
As I mentioned, in a solid class environment, this book has plenty of themes and historical events to draw from, what with plot points revolving around the Vietnam War and Arthurian legend. As far as reading it for pleasure, I'd skip this one and pick something a little better with more dimensional characters with a more enlightening journey. This fell flat of my expectations...I think three stars is quite generous.
Park's Quest May 28, 2002
Ididn't really like this book because it didn't make sense. It didn't make sense because he daydreamed so much you didn't no if he was daydreaming or not. I also didn't like it becuse the words werent discribed that well. Another reason I didn't like it was because it was confusing. It was confusing because it sounded all scrambled up.
Park's Quest May 28, 2002
I didn't really like this book because it didn't make sense. It didn't make sense because he daydreamed so much you didn't know if he was daydreaming or not. I also didn't like it becuse the words werent discribed that well. Another reason I didn't like it was because it was confusing. It was confusing because it sounded all scrambled up.
Park's Quest May 28, 2002
I would give Park's Quest by Katherien Paterson four stars. I have to admit I was confused when the flash back to Midieval Times started. The book was about 11-year-old Park who tries to find imformation on his father's clouded past. But Park finds something he never would of imagined. The ending of the book was excellent with discriptive words and great sentences. But the beginning of the book was dull. Otherwise it was a good book. I would recomend this book to anyone who likes Historical Fiction.