Secondhand Summer by Dan WalkerSecondhand Summer by Dan Walker

Secondhand Summer

byDan Walker

Paperback | June 7, 2016

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A coming-of-age story of loss, adventure, violence, and redemption

Fourteen-year-old Sam Barger's life changes forever when his father dies and his family is forced to move from a remote homestead and fishing camp to the busy city of Anchorage. Life in the big city hits Sam a little differently; suddenly he's surrounded by cars and girls, poverty and diversity, and new places to explore. One day he and his new friends stumble upon an abandoned nightclub, and it fires up Sam's imagination and leads him into dangers he never expected. Can he survive the wilds of Anchorage before the end of summer?

Secondhand Summer is the gripping debut novel inspired by author Dan Walker's own life and experiences.

Dan Walker is a homesteader's son who grew up to become a teacher and a writer. He has worked as a chef, innkeeper, merchant seaman, fisherman, and carpenter. Drawn from these varied experiences are blogs, essays, professional articles, and fiction published in magazines and literary journals such as the Journal of Geography, Alaska Ma...
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Title:Secondhand SummerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:182 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:Graphic Arts BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1943328420

ISBN - 13:9781943328420

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From the Author

Secondhand Summer is based on my own experience when I had to move to Anchorage from our homestead near Ninilchik after my father died. It was a summer of great change and adventure for a boy from the woods to move to the big city. Many of the experiences are very real, but it is a novel. Luckily there was no knife fight in my real summer, but even this does reflect life in the Anchorage I knew.Once I had written the story, I realized it was good fit for middle school kids, kids I worked with for years as a teacher. In the process of developing this book with my editor, I realized how important it is to write books that boys want to read, our most reluctant readers. I also want the book to be sophisticated enough that it would engage adults. I think it tells a good story of life in 1965 on Government Hill in Anchorage.

Editorial Reviews

"When his father dies suddenly, an adolescent boy faces more than one kind of loss as he navigates the perilous path between childhood and maturity in a new city in Walker's debut novel. . . . Walker's first-person narrative is engaging and vivid as he describes Sam's earnest progress toward discovering who he is. The author skillfully evokes the world of adolescent boys, full of gross-out jokes, territorial challenges, and a few true friends. . . . [SECONDHAND SUMMER] is absorbing as it describes the painfully awkward moment before kids become 'teenagers with cars and adults with power.' As it follows Sam through the changes and choices, the plot builds to an exciting conclusion that includes violence, redemption, and the first faltering steps toward a new life. A picaresque coming-of-age tale." --Kirkus