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Lean on Pete

A Novel
Vlautin, Willy (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson wants a home, food on the table and some structure to his life. But as the son of a single father, he's been pretty much on his own for some time. When Charley and his father arrive in Portland, Oregon, Charley takes a stable job, illegally, at the local racetrack. Once part of a vibrant racing network, Portland Meadows is now seemingly a haven for washed up jockeys and knackered horses, but it's there that Charley meets Pete, an old horse who becomes his companion as he's forced to make his own way in the world.
Authors: Vlautin, Willy
Title: Lean on Pete
a novel
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, c2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 277, 16 p. :,maps ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Willy Vlautin
Summary: Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson wants a home, food on the table and some structure to his life. But as the son of a single father, he's been pretty much on his own for some time. When Charley and his father arrive in Portland, Oregon, Charley takes a stable job, illegally, at the local racetrack. Once part of a vibrant racing network, Portland Meadows is now seemingly a haven for washed up jockeys and knackered horses, but it's there that Charley meets Pete, an old horse who becomes his companion as he's forced to make his own way in the world.
ISBN: 9780061456534
0061456535
Branch Call Number: FICTION VLAUTIN 2010
Subject Headings: Teenage boys Fiction Race horses Fiction Oregon Fiction
Topical Term: Teenage boys
Race horses
Authors, American
LCCN: 2009020460
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Comment by: multcolib_susannel May 25, 2014

This story is told in a realistic straightforward way- not holding back- good or bad- letting us into the mind of a 15 year old boy whose best memories are when he was 11 years old and living with his aunt. Can he find her again and if he does will she still care about him?

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson wants a home, food on the table and some structure to his life. But as the son of a single father, he's been pretty much on his own for some time. When Charley and his father arrive in Portland, Oregon, Charley takes a stable job, illegally, at the local racetrac... Read More »

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Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson and his father move from Spokane to Portland to start over. Charley takes a job in the tack room of a run-down horse track and is comforted by his friendship with a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete.

When fifteen-year-old Charley finds himself alone in the world, he tries to make a home for himself among the jockeys and horses at the local racetrack.


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This story is told in a realistic straightforward way- not holding back- good or bad- letting us into the mind of a 15 year old boy whose best memories are when he was 11 years old and living with his aunt. Can he find her again and if he does will she still care about him?

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