The deluxe collector's edition of the National Book Award–winning middle-grade novel—now with a foreword by New York Times–bestselling and Newbery Honor author Sheila Turnage, as well as updated Q&A content from Kimberly Willis Holt and other bonus material featuring stories and photos of her childhood.
National Book Award Winner
The red words painted on the trailer caused quite a buzz around town and before an hour was up, half of Antler was standing in line with two dollars clutched in hand to see the fattest boy in the world.
Toby Wilson is having the toughest summer of his life. It's the summer his mother leaves for good; the summer his best friend's brother returns from Vietnam in a coffin. And the summer that Zachary Beaver, the fattest boy in the world, arrives in their sleepy Texas town. While it's a summer filled with heartache of every kind, it's also a summer of new friendships gained and old friendships renewed. And it's Zachary Beaver who turns the town of Antler upside down and leaves everyone, especially Toby, changed forever.
With understated elegance, Kimberly Willis Holt tells a compelling coming-of-age story about a thirteen-year-old boy struggling to find himself in an imperfect world. At turns passionate and humorous, this extraordinary novel deals sensitively and candidly with obesity, war, and the true power of friendship.
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town is the winner of the 1999 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
This title has Common Core connections.
About the Author
Twenty three years ago Kimberly Willis Holt stopped talking about wanting to be a writer and started to pursue her dream. Because of her family's Louisiana roots she considers herself a southerner, but her father's military career took her to places beyond the South, including Paris and Guam.
She's the author of more than fifteen books for a wide range of ages, many of which have won awards and honors. Her third novel, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She writes and gardens in Texas.
Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
An ALA Notable Book
One of ALA’s Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
Horn Book Fanfare
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
An American Bookseller “Pick of the Lists”
“This book packs more emotional power than 90 percent of the so-called grown-up novels taking up precious space on bookshelves around the country.” —USA Today
“Holt reinvents the coming-of-age story.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“In her own down-to-earth, people-smart way, Holt offers a gift.” —The Horn Book, starred review
“Holt humanizes the outsider without sentimentality . . . she reveals the freak in all of us, and the power of redemption.” —Booklist, starred review
“[Holt’s] heartwarming and carefully crafted novel . . . drives home the point that everyday life is studded with memorable moments.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Holt has crafted a remarkable story about finding yourself by opening up to the people around you. An excellent choice to read alone or aloud.” —School Library Journal, starred review