Lean on Pete

Lean on Pete

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Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, c2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780061456534
0061456535
Branch Call Number: FICTION VLAUTIN 2010
Characteristics: 277, 16 p. : maps ; 21 cm

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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 »

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.


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BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 07, 2014

Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin
Read by: Anna Draves/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 3/3/2012.

This book was fantastic! Sparsely written, yet emotional at the same time, it tells the story of fifteen year old Charley who’s been abandoned by everyone he knows, except his aunt who lives several states away. After his father dies, leaving him homeless, he steals a horse from his boss, and begins the trek across the wilderness to find his aunt and a home he can truly belong to. I can’t say enough about this book. I would especially recommend it to boys who might be reluctant readers. It’s easy to read, and yet, there’s so much that comes across without the author having to write it down. An adult book with high teen appeal, I highly recommend it!!!

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?

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