Lean On Pete

Lean On Pete

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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Willy Vlautin's award-winning novel follows the story of a newly orphaned fifteen-year old-boy struggling to make his way to a long lost aunt, who just might give him a home-now a major motion picture starring Chlo ͡Sevigny (American Horror Story), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) and Travis Fimmel (Warcraft) and directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years, Looking). Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson wants a home, food on the table, and a high school he can attend for more than part of a year. But as the son of a single father working in warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, Charley's been pretty much on his own. When tragic events leave him homeless weeks after their move to Portland, Oregon, Charley seeks refuge in the tack room of a run-down horse track. Charley's only comforts are his friendship with a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete and a photograph of his only known relative. In an increasingly desperate circumstance, Charley will head east, hoping to find his aunt who had once lived a thousand miles away in Wyoming-but the journey to find her will be a perilous one. In Lean on Pete, Willy Vlautin reveals the lives and choices of American youth like Charley Thompson who were failed by those meant to protect them and who were never allowed the chance to just be a kid. "The writing is spare and straightforward.... There is intensity in Vlautin's narration, and also beauty and power... Vlautin's major accomplishment lies in posing a damning question: How could we, as a society, have allowed this to happen?"- Seattle Times
Publisher: Made available through hoopla
[United States]:, Harper Collins Publishers ,, 2011
ISBN: 9780062127303
0062127306
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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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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BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 07, 2014

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