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  • Published: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409047377
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

The Beet Fields

A compelling tale of one boy's travels in America

America, 1955. A sixteen-year-old boy is forced to leave home. Alone in the world for the first time, he's new at everything. He's working in the beet fields, running from the law, discovering the 'carny' life and learning to survive on his own. With a pair of Levis and money in his pocket, he thinks he knows all there is to know about life... until he meets Ruby.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409047377
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

About the Author

Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen grew up in the Philippines and has worked as a sailor, archer, trapper, singer, actor and carnival worker, amongst others. He is the author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, and has won the prestigious Newbery Honor Award three times, for his books The Winter Room, Hatchet and Dogsong. He lives in New Mexico and on a boat in the Pacific, with his wife, the painter Ruth Wright Paulsen.

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Praise for The Beet Fields

“This hard-hitting, hard-living book comes with an 'unsuitable for younger readers' warning on the cover. One of the Random House striking teen 'Definitions' series, this is not for the faint-hearted, opening with a sickening scene of incest forcing a 16-year-old boy to leave home and gathering momentum with gritty, though never gratuitous, scenes of painful childbirth, pigeon neck-ringing and exploding pheasants. But it works.”

Eileen Armstrong, School Librarian

“It's Paulsen's ability to put readers behind the boy's eyes--so they can feel what's going on as well as see it--that makes this novel exceptional and so heartbreakingly real.”


“Paulsen's coming-of-age memoir is nearly Steinbeckian in its unadorned but effective prose, and the events of the author's young life have a universality that will draw in readers heading for their own rites of passage.”


“...a masterly piece of storytelling.”

Jan Mark, Carousel

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