Dancing Carl

dancing carl by gary paulsen3

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.---from the publisher

112 pages                          978-1416939382                  Ages 10-14

Keywords:  ice skating, community, alcoholism, PTSD, judging others, understanding others, hope, love, healing, resilience, military, veteran, World War II, accepting others

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