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Preacher's Boy [Paperback]

By Katherine Paterson (Author)
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In 1899, ten-year-old Robbie, son of a preacher in a small Vermont town, gets himself into all kinds of trouble when he decides to give up being Christian in order to make the most of his life before the end of the world. Reprint.

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A new century is fast approaching ...

... but will the year 1900 mean the end of the world, as some say) Robbie Hewitt isn't certain. What he does know is that he wants to get in as much living as possible between now and the new year, just in case-which includes running Mabel Cramm's bloomers up the flagpole on Decoration Day, and taking a ride in a real motorcar. Robbie doesn't care that his antics leave his preacher father and the upstanding citizens of Leonardstown, Vermont, heartily unimpressed. But when his high spirits and hot temper entangle him in a scheme that damages far more than his father's reputation, Robbie must choose whether to take responsibility for his actions -- a decision that holds the life of a man in the balance.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   186
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.59" Width: 5.15" Height: 0.48"
Weight:   0.27 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 20, 2001
Publisher   HarperTrophy
Age  10-14
ISBN  0064472337  
ISBN13  9780064472333  
UPC  046594004956  

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More About Katherine Paterson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

Katherine Paterson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Aladdin Classics
  2. Picture Puffin Books

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( P ) > Paterson, Katherine
3Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > 1900s
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > Parents > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Christianity > Ages 9-12
6Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12
7Books > Subjects > Children > Issues
8Books > Subjects > Children > Literature

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Preacher's boy review  Dec 19, 2006
I thought that Preacher's boy had an intresting first couple chapters but after that i started to notice it got boring. i think there should be more of a plot in the book. it is basically about 2 boys named robbie and willie who pull pranks and get in trouble. After Robbie meats Zeb and Vile it gets a little better but I still think it could of been a little more well-written.
Preacher's Boy by Katherine Paterson  May 30, 2006
I picked out this book to read because of the author. I had read 'Bridge to Terabithia' two years before for school and I loved it, so I figured that anything else written by Katherine Paterson would be just as good. I was right. I started the book because of the author, and I finished it because of the story.
Preacher's Boy is about a young boy in 1899 who thinks that the world will end with the year. His father is the town preacher, but Robbie, the boy, thinks that the ten commandments are too confining. He thinks that since he can't do wat he wants while he is a Christian, he will become an atheist. Unfortunantly, he doesn't know what they are areally called, so he spends the entire book calling himself an apeist.
This book is filled with laughs and funny situations, many of which made me laugh out loud. I would definantly recommend this book to anyone that wants a good laugh. This book is probably best for ages 7-14, although I think that anyone would enjoy it.
No More Pranks  Dec 16, 2004
I thought this book only disurved 3 stars because I really didn't get into it that much. I almost just sat it down and found a new book after reading the first chapter of it. I mean all that was in it was that Robbie and his friend Willie were basically in some kind of prank pulling contest. Them against the Weston boys. It sounded really boring. Anyway it ended up getting a little bit more interesting when Robbie's bigger brother Elliot, who is kind of mest up in the head, gets lost on the forth of July. Then the next day when Robbie and his friend Willie were supposed to be going fishing Willie Grandma has him working. So Robbie to there secret hideout and that's when he finds so poor people living in their now. That's all I can really tell without telling the end.
One of the Great Authors  Jul 20, 2001
A book by Katherine Paterson is always difficult to judge. The main reason is because she has written a truly great book--"Bridge to Terabithia"--and a number of others that are nearly as great. Because of this, there is a tendency to be a tougher judge of her books as if every new novel should be a masterpiece. Fortunately, Ms. Paterson lives up to the challenge time after time.

I am constantly amazed at how well Ms. Paterson is able to write in the voice of young person, creating very realistic characters. Though a bit older myself these days, I can identify very well with Robbie as he stuggles with the difficulties in his life. I am particularly impressed with the depiction of Robbie's relationship with his father and how he struggles to understand him. Also, the difficulties he has in being himself while at the same time trying to be the son of a good man who has an important and public job in his hometown.

Though I don't think any good book is really gender-specific to an active reader, I can see where young boys would find this book speaking to them a little more. Still, I would encourage anyone with a love of good literature to read this book. It is a stong depiction of an interesting character.

A great read for all ages  Mar 20, 2001
At first I was skeptical about this book because in the beginning of the book Robbie and Willie just play pranks on the other townspeople. I soon realized I was wrong. It was jam-packed with action,adventure,love and care. It made me feel as though I was joining Robbie on his big adventures. This book is thrilling and is a must-read. I would recommend this book to anyone of any age. This was a swell read.

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