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Memory Boy Paperback – January 3, 2012
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In an interesting departure from his usual setting of farmyards and baseball fields, (Farm Team, Hard Ball, etc.) young-adult novelist Will Weaver has created an eerie gray landscape where only the resourceful survive. While the adventurous plot of this futuristic Swiss Family Robinson tale will draw in even the most reluctant reader, the novel's greatest strength lies in Weaver's characterization of a smart young man who discovers his worth. Memory Boy is an admirable first foray into a new genre for veteran author Weaver. (Ages 12 to 15) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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His short story collection A GRAVESTONE MADE OF WHEAT was a New York Times "notable book." His books have been adapted for radio, stage and film. SWEET LAND, the feature film adaptation of his story "Gravestone Made of Wheat", starring Ned Beatty, premiered in October of 2006. SWEET LAND is also the title of his collection of short stories, which includes the film-inspiring story.
A recent new direction is a memoir, THE LAST HUNTER: AN AMERICAN FAMILY ALBUM, a closely described look at the arc of his family from tiny, immigrant homestead farm in North Dakota to post-modern America.
Weaver is also known for his young adult fiction. MEMORY BOY, a post-apocalyptic novel based on environmental collapse, is widely used in junior and senior high schools across the United States. THE SURVIVORS, just out from HarperCollins, is the long-awaited sequel, and received a "Starred" review from Kirkus.
Other young adult novels include CLAWS, set in northeastern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and featuring outdoor survival with a strong family back-story. FULL SERVICE won starred reviews from Kirkus and Horn Books for its focus on a young man struggling with matters of religious faith and doubt. DEFECT is a novel about a teenager born with a miraculous birth abnormality, and his struggle to fit in (or not). His STRIKING OUT, FARM TEAM and HARD BALL baseball series for young adults has a lasting place in school libraries across the country.
As an author, Mr. Weaver is particularly concerned with youth literacy, and young men in particular. His Motornovel Series includes SATURDAY NIGHT DIRT and its sequel, SUPER STOCK ROOKIE (2009), which focus on dirt track stock car racing. The series starts with a small town speedway and a diverse cast characters who come there, for different reasons, every Saturday night. CHECKERED FLAG CHEATER is the third in this popular series. Reviewed on "Good Morning America," the Motornovels were described as "great teen reads, and not just for boys."
An avid outdoorsman and popular public speaker, Will Weaver lives with his wife on the Mississippi River in northern Minnesota.
Top Customer Reviews
That's all the good about it.
1) There are times in this book where the writing technique is downright poor. There were short, choppy sentences, and what made it worse was many began with "I". Like...I did this. I did this. I felt like this. I then did this.
2) At the beginning of the book, Weaver alternated between past and present in his chapters. I enjoyed the present; the past I found immensely boring. And then he just drops it halfway through.
3) Many of the decisions the characters make are just...stupid. Like, traveling eighty miles north on limited resources to a cabin that they don't even know exists because...they have nothing better to do? Honestly? That's the best you can come up with?
And leaving a really nice home to go live in a cabin in the woods where you will have to live off the land...no. Just, no. You guys have lived in the city all your lives, with money coming out of your ears. I hope you packed some Man vs. Wild DVD's and an extra pair of panties, Miles, because Mother Nature isn't that forgiving.
More terrible descisions include going to a lake alone with a biker you've known for 12 hours that has been in jail and told you to get off his property or get shot to ask for a gun, and then sending your younger sister alone with that same family...and that isn't it either.
4) So the Cascade range explodes. That's nearly impossible to begin with, but I'll let it slide. But would this affect the entire world? Definitely not. So why doesn't this very, VERY rich family just...move somewhere else? Like Boston! Boston is is nice!
Pretty disappointed, to say the least.
This books setting switches back and forth between the family and their journey-- to Miles and his "buddy" at the Buena Vista nursing home. I believe this book would appeal to boys more than girls because the main character is an inventor of many different "toys." I would recommend this book to any middle school or high school student--it is comical in parts and has a good message!
I liked this book because there was always something fishy going on.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just started reading this genre this year and love it! I enjoyed this book as well as a few others. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Donna P.
I had to read this book for a sixth grade summer reading assignment. The story started off OK, but I got lost a little bit in the middle; however, the ending was superb!! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mike
Wow!i finished the book in one sitting and it want more! From the eruption to the trip up north I was hooked! It does help that I live in bemidji and know of all of his landmarks! Read morePublished 24 months ago by jenljbear
I don't know why a kid wouldn't like it. Very appealing. A little far fetched. The bicycle contraption was a little hard to imagine but so what? Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Nana
I love this fast paced short survival novel by Will Weaver. It is a quick, exciting, thought-provoking read. Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by Cheryl Stout
Excellent! Simply excellent. I picked up this book, because I was enamored with Will Weaver's short stories and this is the prequel to his latest release, THE SURVIVORS. Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by A. Couch-Jareb
This book takes place 2 years after the eruption of a super-volcano. I think the story could have been so much more, if they would have focused on the hardship they endured during... Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by C. Wilson
This was a super easy read, as in it only took me an hour or two from start to finish. I enjoyed the quick pace, and I liked the concept of the book, but I do wish it had been... Read morePublished on January 20, 2012 by J. Rager
People in the United States used to worry about normal things. Teenaged Miles was in high school, worried about grades and thinking about getting his driver's license in a year or... Read morePublished on June 7, 2007 by A. Luciano