Nothing ever happens in Toby's small Texas town. Nothing much until this summer that's full of big changes.
It's tough for Toby when his mother leaves home to become a country singer. And Toby takes it hard when his best friend Cal's older brother goes off to fight in Vietnam. But now their sleepy town is about to get an even bigger jolt with the arrival of Zachary Beaver, billed as the fattest boy in the world. Toby is in for a summer unlike any other, a summer sure to change his life.
About the Author
Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the Piper Reed series, including "Piper Reed, Navy Brat", "Piper Reed, Clubhouse Queen", and "Piper Reed, Rodeo Star". She has written many award-winning novels, including "The Water Seeker" and "My Louisiana Sky", as well as the picture books "Waiting for Gregory" and "Skinny Brown Dog". A former Navy brat herself, Holt was born in Pensacola, Florida, and lived all over the U.S. and the world--from Paris to Norfolk to Guam to New Orleans. Holt long dreamed of being a writer, but first worked as a radio news director, marketed a water park, and was an interior decorator, among other jobs. A few years after she started writing, her third book, "When Zachary Beaver Came to Town", won a National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She resides in West Texas with her family.
Will Patton's numerous film credits include" Remember the Titans", "The Punisher", "The Mothman Prophesies", "Armageddon", and "The Spitfire Grill". He starred in the TNT miniseries "Into the West" and on the CBS series "The Agency", and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in "Fool for Love" and "What Did He See".
“As in her first novel, My Louisiana Sky, Holt humanizes the outsider without sentimentality. . . . Holt reveals the freak in all of us, and the power of redemption.”
“In her down-to-earth, people-smart way, Holt offers a gift.”
–The Horn Book Magazine, Starred
From the Paperback edition.