Bug Boy

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By Eric Luper
Publisher Farrar, Straus Giroux - (Farrar, Straus Giroux (BYR))
Bug Boy
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It is the summer of 1934, and even at the height of the Great Depression, money is no object for the socialites at posh Saratoga Race Course. The trouble is times are tough for everyone else, especially penniless track workers like fifteenyear old Jack Walsh. When Jack suddenly graduates from exercise rider to apprentice jockey, or bug boy, he is an overnight sensation. Success brings him all sorts of attention, including that of a brainy blond beauty who is more involved with the gritty underbelly of the track than she lets on and a vicious thug who presses Jack to break his code as a jockey for a payoff that could solve all his familys problems.Set amid the rough backstretch of Thoroughbred racing, this edgeofyoursaddle read follows the course of a young athlete whose rise to glory in the most popular sport in America is accompanied by everincreasing pressure to do something that could leave him trampled in the dirt.

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63783 words63,783 words
256 pages256 pages
Lexile 780LLexile 780L
Grade 6 to 9Grade 6 to 9
Age 11-14Age 11-14
Published 2009Published 2009

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Book ISBN:

9780374310004

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