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The Boys of San Joaquin
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About The Book
Twelve-year-old Paolo figures that there must be more where that bill came from, and since his cousin Billy needs to repair a bent wheel on his bike, there's a reason for looking. Soon Paolo, his brother Georgie, and Billy end up in the monsignor's garden behind the Cathedral of San Joaquin, but it's not exactly treasure they find, it's a hand that shoots out of the undergrowth to grab Paolo's neck. The search for the stash leads the boys -- sometimes scared spitless -- on many a byway around Orange Grove City, California, in the summer of 1951. And onto the byway of conscience.
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 1, 2006)
- Length: 240 pages
- ISBN13: 9781416916192
- Grades: 3 - 7
- Ages: 9 - 12
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Raves and Reviews
"The Boys of San Joaquin is my kind of book. Smith is a writer that I'm going to keep an eye on."
-- Gary Paulsen
"With this book, Smith joins Richard Peck and Bruce Clements in the select company of latter-day ya writers who can be mentioned in the same sentence as Mark Twain." -- Washington Post
"[An] offbeat mystery . . . [This] novel weaves themes of conscience, loyalty, and family for a poignant effect." -- Family Fun
"A standout choice for reading aloud or for curling up with to enjoy alone." -- Bulletin
Awards and Honors
- NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
- Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
- California Collections
- Eureka! CA in Children's Literature List
- Edgar Allan Poe Award
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