Dancing Carl

Dancing Carl

For Ages: 12 and up
In the winter, life in McKinley, Minnesota, revolves around the rinks, where kids play hockey and grown-ups skate to scratchy phonograph records. Then, the year Marsh and his best friend, Willy, are twelve, Carl appears at the rink, wearing a battered, old leather flight jacket and doing a strange dance that is both beautiful and disturbing to watch.

It is Marsh and Willy who discover the terrible secret behind Carl's dance, a secret that threatens to destroy him. But a small miracle occurs, and Carl's dance becomes a fragile and tentative expression of hope and the healing power of love.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 112 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416939382 | 
  • June 2007 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
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Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young people. He has written more than two hundred books for adults and young people, and is the author of three Newbery Honor titles: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He divides his time between New Mexico, Alaska, and on the Pacific.