The Beet Fields: Memories of a Sixteenth SummerThe Beet Fields: Memories of a Sixteenth Summer by Gary Paulsen
ISBN: 0385326475
Published by Delacorte Press on 2000
Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, Adolescence
Pages: 160
Format: Hardcover

For a 16-year-old boy out in the world alone for the first time, every day's an education in the hard work and boredom of migrant labor; every day teaches him something more about friendship, or hunger, or profanity, or lust--always lust. He learns how a poker game, or hitching a ride, can turn deadly. He discovers the secret sadness and generosity to be found on a lonely farm in the middle of nowhere. Then he joins up with a carnival and becomes a grunt, running a ride and shilling for the geek show. He's living the hard carny life and beginning to see the world through carny eyes. He's tough. Cynical. By the end of the summer he's pretty sure he knows it all. Until he meets Ruby.