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  1. 5 out of 5

    AJ Torres

    This story is like the quiet indie film you watch after a marathon of Hollywood blockbusters. So refreshing. Back during elementary school was probably the first time I picked up 'When Zachary Beaver Came to Town'. Unfortunately I never finished it because my attention span was that of a peanut. Although surprisingly, the story itself always stood out to me, so I knew I had to check it out someday. The story is set during the Vietnam era and captures the portrait of a small Texas town and the abno This story is like the quiet indie film you watch after a marathon of Hollywood blockbusters. So refreshing. Back during elementary school was probably the first time I picked up 'When Zachary Beaver Came to Town'. Unfortunately I never finished it because my attention span was that of a peanut. Although surprisingly, the story itself always stood out to me, so I knew I had to check it out someday. The story is set during the Vietnam era and captures the portrait of a small Texas town and the abnormally obese boy who arrives at a parking lot, living in a trailer to be viewed and awed at. He is the main and only attraction. This is the heart of the story, but it is not the main focus. Our main focus is with a young boy, Toby, living with only his father. His mother leaves to approach her dreams as a country singer, something that wasn't very welcomed during that day and age. Toby's best friend Cal has a brother fighting over in the Vietnam War. Toby views Cal and the rest of his family as an extended family to himself. In the end, this is a coming of age story. Zachary Beaver is the catalyst for events and never makes the story over-the-top, even though he easily could have. This is a quiet story aimed towards kids in the late elementary - early jr high school years. Take that with a grain of salt though, because the writing is beyond spectacular and simple for this type of story. There are elements of young puppy love, adolescent boyish adventures, war, women pursuing their dreams by breaking the mold that America viewed them as people who should stay at home. And so much more... That's most likely the reason I could never appreciate this kind of story at a younger age. If anything, I wish more YA books and even middle school stories would be more like this. Even though the point of view comes from young eyes, it never feels like an adults POV. Yet it never treads into childish territory. Even the petty crush between a boy and girl feels so real. So many stories nowadays (especially with YA) feels so scripted. It's so nice to read something like this. This story feels real. This sets the bar. And I love that.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laina

    This is one of those books that I think deserves 20 stars. I just spent the last half hour bawling as I read the end. It was sad, but mainly touching. Where I'd heard other people call the story weird or bored, I thought it was beautiful. It was touching how Toby dealt with these problems he had, and his character was true and believable. Lately, I've been craving this style of writing, too. For some reason I find it much easier to relate to the characters when they're telling the story as its h This is one of those books that I think deserves 20 stars. I just spent the last half hour bawling as I read the end. It was sad, but mainly touching. Where I'd heard other people call the story weird or bored, I thought it was beautiful. It was touching how Toby dealt with these problems he had, and his character was true and believable. Lately, I've been craving this style of writing, too. For some reason I find it much easier to relate to the characters when they're telling the story as its happening. Truly a remarkable read, but if you don't do well reading about slow-paced slow towns and you want high action, I don't suggest it. If you're looking for a beautiful, meaningful read, I definitely recommend this book! Remarkable!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carly Ullmer

    When Zachary Beaver Came to Town was not my favorite book. It was a summer reading choice, and I had already read the others that seemed interesting. I found the story to be repetitive because the main characters (Toby and Cal) would do the same things every day. As a reader, I feel like I need more variety and detail to really get into the story. The plot didn't really have an overall problem that was big enough, so it made it somewhat boring to read. I may suggest this novel to people who need When Zachary Beaver Came to Town was not my favorite book. It was a summer reading choice, and I had already read the others that seemed interesting. I found the story to be repetitive because the main characters (Toby and Cal) would do the same things every day. As a reader, I feel like I need more variety and detail to really get into the story. The plot didn't really have an overall problem that was big enough, so it made it somewhat boring to read. I may suggest this novel to people who need a boost in their self confidence because many of the characters had strong differences from the average person, which a lot of readers may relate to. Our narrator Toby tells the story alongside his best friend Cal. Zachary Beaver, the so called "fattest kid in the world" comes to Antler. The two boys make it their mission to befriend the lonely boy living in the trailer.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I taught this novel to a class of high intermediate level ESOL students. The majority of them didn't really enjoy it. We (the ULL IEP) try to choose books for them that have the right combination of appropriate/inoffensive language and thematic content, challenging but reasonable vocabulary, and subjects or characters they can relate to. This novel was chosen because it deals with themes the students are familiar with-- being an outsider in an unfamiliar place, separation from family members, and I taught this novel to a class of high intermediate level ESOL students. The majority of them didn't really enjoy it. We (the ULL IEP) try to choose books for them that have the right combination of appropriate/inoffensive language and thematic content, challenging but reasonable vocabulary, and subjects or characters they can relate to. This novel was chosen because it deals with themes the students are familiar with-- being an outsider in an unfamiliar place, separation from family members, and personal growth. I can see why these students may not have enjoyed the work. For one, the main character is twelve years old; these students range in age from 17-25. Also, the novel is chock full of references to 1960s American pop culture. Because they come from South America, West Africa, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, they neither know about nor care about these things for the most part. I made a CD with songs from the novel so they could get a better feel for the content. It seemed to help. The thing they and I all did really enjoy was the humor in the book. There are some boys will be boys moments that are pretty funny. It helps that the book is written with some comic relief from the serious themes and issues such as the Vietnam War, an obese orphan who is exhibited for money, and a twelve year old boy watching his parents divorce, that drive the plot.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hazel

    88% Amazing I am going to be honest with ya... I did not have high hope with this book. When I picked this book up at a book bizarre I thought, I do not think I will like this book but it is worth a try. And when I picked it up a few days ago to read, I thought Ugh, this is going to be a book like Whispering to Witches and I am going to hate it. Buuuuut, guess what! I lovedit. It was funny, heart-warming and told an amazing story of friendship. I'm so glad I picked it up because it was a nice eas 88% Amazing I am going to be honest with ya... I did not have high hope with this book. When I picked this book up at a book bizarre I thought, I do not think I will like this book but it is worth a try. And when I picked it up a few days ago to read, I thought Ugh, this is going to be a book like Whispering to Witches and I am going to hate it. Buuuuut, guess what! I lovedit. It was funny, heart-warming and told an amazing story of friendship. I'm so glad I picked it up because it was a nice easy read. ------------- Author:Kimberly Willis Holt Pages:256 Ages:12+

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jen Bojkov

    Wow! I've had some good luck lately with good books. This one comes highly recommended. The story is interesting and well-written. Centers around a young boy in the early 1970s trying to understand his mother's leaving and the experience of his best friend's older brother in Vietnam. This author reminds me of other great story tellers like Cynthia Lord, E.B. White, Lauri Halse Anderson, etc. Pick this one u if you want an entertaining read that has depth. Wow! I've had some good luck lately with good books. This one comes highly recommended. The story is interesting and well-written. Centers around a young boy in the early 1970s trying to understand his mother's leaving and the experience of his best friend's older brother in Vietnam. This author reminds me of other great story tellers like Cynthia Lord, E.B. White, Lauri Halse Anderson, etc. Pick this one u if you want an entertaining read that has depth.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tiegan

    puke worthy only reading it beacause my school is making it

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jordyn

    This is an amazing book. It teaches you that friendship is important and family is forever, no matter how far away. This book will make you cry and cheer out in joy, you will never know what to expect. Also, the author takes you on a journey through a young boys life, Toby, as if it were you. The summer of 1971 changes this small town of Antler, Texas for the better , read this book and you will go along for the ride!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carol Baldwin

    The place is the south, the Texas town of Antler, but the time period has moved up about 20 years. This is a story of an unlikely friendship between three boys: Toby, his best friend Cal (whose brother, Wayne, is serving in Vietnam); and the sideshow star, Zachary Beaver, who comes to town and is billed as the "fattest boy in the world." Ostensibly, Zachary is trying to eat his way into the Guinness Book of World Records and is hostile to the boys' feeble attempts to befriend him. It's not until The place is the south, the Texas town of Antler, but the time period has moved up about 20 years. This is a story of an unlikely friendship between three boys: Toby, his best friend Cal (whose brother, Wayne, is serving in Vietnam); and the sideshow star, Zachary Beaver, who comes to town and is billed as the "fattest boy in the world." Ostensibly, Zachary is trying to eat his way into the Guinness Book of World Records and is hostile to the boys' feeble attempts to befriend him. It's not until Cal's older sister genuinely shows interest in him, that the ice is broken between the boys. There is an undercurrent of lies and dishonesty throughout the story. Toby comfortably lies about his mother, but is bothered about Zachary's obvious lies about his own past. When Wayne dies, Toby can't bring himself to attend the funeral. Zachery confronts him which proves to be a turning point for all three boys. Recommended for 4-8th graders, this book can help students think about honesty, stereotypes, and friendship

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    This book has been sitting on my shelf for a long, long time. I am glad I finally read it. The setting is 1971 in Antler, Texas. The main story is about the boy named Zachary Beaver who comes to town as part of a freak-show, but there are underlying stories that concern Toby and Cal, the two boys who befriend him. This is a pretty delightful story--lots of great universal ideas--friendship, war, family, dreams, identity, salvation.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Schoen

    The narrator Toby tells the story of a few weeks in a small Texan town. Zachary Beaver, ‘The World’s Fattest Boy’ comes to town and Toby and his best friend Cal make a connection with him. Through baptism, death, abandonment, first crushes and the Viet Nam War, we see a young boy struggling to deal with all of the changes in his life and the world around him. Toby learns that friendship and kindness to others really helps you ‘make sense’ of things. Sweet story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christian Locy

    This was a book that was about friend ship and differences and I would recommend this book because it was a heartwarming book that that brought tears to my eyes but made me feel good good about it and I think that if there could be a second book then I would probably be the first to by it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chloe Luna

    Spoiler Alerts! “When Zachary Beaver Came to Town” This book is about a kid named Zachary coming to the town of Antler, Texas. Zachary is labeled as “The fattest boy in the world”. Zachary comes to town in his trailer and everyone hears about it. All the kids wait in line and pay to see Zachary in his trailer, to see the fattest boy in the world. His trailer is covered in what seems to circus lights. Then Toby and Cal come in, they want to find out more about Zachary than what he’s labeled as. On Spoiler Alerts! “When Zachary Beaver Came to Town” This book is about a kid named Zachary coming to the town of Antler, Texas. Zachary is labeled as “The fattest boy in the world”. Zachary comes to town in his trailer and everyone hears about it. All the kids wait in line and pay to see Zachary in his trailer, to see the fattest boy in the world. His trailer is covered in what seems to circus lights. Then Toby and Cal come in, they want to find out more about Zachary than what he’s labeled as. One important aspect of the book was the themes it involved. The theme in Zachary Beaver is more than just one thing. One theme showed was friendship, the friendship is shown by Cal and Toby. They were already friends to begin with, but then they wanted to get Zachary involved. Another theme going along with that in the book is compassion. The compassion by Toby because he wants more, he wants to know more than what there is to see about Zachary. "It seems weird, standing here, staring at someone because they look different." Chapter 2 page 13. Another important aspect of the book was the overall plot. I really enjoyed the plot of the book and the way it was set up. The overall plot of the book was Zachary beaver coming to town basically as a slideshow act is what everyone else would have considered it. Toby and Cal heard and at first wanted to be like everyone else and just stare, little did they know this was major changes for them. In the next few weeks the boy’s friendship will be tested, and do they pass? Yes, they do with a little help from Zachary, there bond becomes stronger. “And in this moment, I realize one reason it's so great to have a best friend is sometimes, like right now, Cal and I are thinking the very same thing.” “When Zachary Beaver Came to Town”, this book showed me to never judge a book by it’s cover. It is a great example of that. Everyone wanted to judge Zachary because he was “fat” or “overweight”, without even knowing him as a person. Every story has a turn for the good or the bad. This story has a little bit of both, and I enjoyed that. Overall, I give this book a 3.5/5. This book is more for a middle school audience. I went for this book to try something new I usually stick with romance books or mysteries, but overall this book was not a bad stick to try to steer my way into a different genre. I enjoyed some parts of the theme, and the plot as well. With testing friendship boundaries and making new ones at the same time. If you liked the book “As Simple as it Seems” Then I would recommend this book for you!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Library copy Toby lives in Antler, Texas with his father, who is a mail carrier and also has a bait shop, and his mother, who is a budding singer who is away for a talent contest. Very little is going on in the town in 1971, although Toby is a bit worried about his best friend Cal's brother who is fighting in Vietnam and vaguely interested in the attractive Scarlett, who is dating another boy. When a trailer pulls into town next to the Dairy Maid and advertises that people can come in and see The Library copy Toby lives in Antler, Texas with his father, who is a mail carrier and also has a bait shop, and his mother, who is a budding singer who is away for a talent contest. Very little is going on in the town in 1971, although Toby is a bit worried about his best friend Cal's brother who is fighting in Vietnam and vaguely interested in the attractive Scarlett, who is dating another boy. When a trailer pulls into town next to the Dairy Maid and advertises that people can come in and see The Fattest Boy in the World, this provides the town with much needed entertainment. Toby feels somewhat sorry for Zachary, who is a little older than he and Cal are, so when Zachary's "agent" leaves him in search of another act, Toby helps the sheriff check on the boy and befriends him. When Toby's mother decides to stay away from home, and other unpleasant things occur, how will Toby deal with them? Strengths: This has everything you would expect from a National Book Award title; lyrical writing, intriguing character development, exquisite setting details, and important issues. Readers who also enjoyed My Louisiana Sky or character driven historical dramas will enjoy this one. Weaknesses: Not a lot happens. This is written in a style very common in the last century, before young readers had cell phones in their pockets and overstimulated brains that demand explosions immediately and often. What I really think: This book has not been checked out at my library in seven years. Many of the reviews on Goodreads are from teachers who love to teach the book... and from students who were assigned the book and didn't care for it. I've kept the book, which was popular enough twenty years ago, but probably would have weeded if it weren't for a sequel involving Toby's daughter set during the aftermath of 9/11.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Avery Johnson

    When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Realistic Fiction Kimberly Willis Holt # of pages 227 When zachary Beaver Came to town, written by Kimberly Willis Holt is a great realistic fiction book because you can relate to the story and the characters feelings. The main characters in When Zachary Beaver Came to Town are Toby, Cal, and Zachary Beaver. This story starts out in a small town called Antler, Texas where Toby and Cal grew up. Toby’s Mom leaves to go to Nashville and become a singer. Cal’s brother, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Realistic Fiction Kimberly Willis Holt # of pages 227 When zachary Beaver Came to town, written by Kimberly Willis Holt is a great realistic fiction book because you can relate to the story and the characters feelings. The main characters in When Zachary Beaver Came to Town are Toby, Cal, and Zachary Beaver. This story starts out in a small town called Antler, Texas where Toby and Cal grew up. Toby’s Mom leaves to go to Nashville and become a singer. Cal’s brother, Wayne, goes off to fight in the Vietnam War and writes Cal almost everyday but Cal never responds, so Toby respond for him and signs it, from Cal. Toby and Cal meet the fattest boy in the world, Zachary Beaver who has no parents just a legal Guardian named Paulie Rankin who abandons him. So, Zachary Beaver is left alone in a small little trailer with no parent or guardian. Toby, Cal, and Zachary get to know each other and become good friends. Cal finds out that Wayne has died in war and that Toby has been writing to Wayne but signing it from Cal. Toby and Cal have a big fight until Cal brings Toby the news that his mother has died. Both Toby and Cal went through a tough situation and they really needed each other to get through it. You will have to read the book to find out if Toby and Cal become friends again and if something good happens to Zachary or if he is just abanded for life. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I felt like I could connect and relate to all of the characters. In the middle of the book got a little slow because it was just little events that they were doing in the summer but other wise the beginning and especially the end was very interesting. My favorite part of the book was when Toby dances with his crush Scarlett at a dance, I just think it is so cute that they became a couple after all Toby has gone through. This book would be great for someone who has gone through a rough time in their life because I think that they could really relate to the characters and how they feel during the book. I think that people can be friends with all different kinds of people and not classified with people can only hang out with certain people. Even that fattest boy in the world made friends over just one summer so I believe that everyone has a best friend out their somewhere and to not give up on trying. The overall moral of the story is that everyone should be excepted and have friends no matter what.

  16. 4 out of 5

    J.E.

    I picked up this book for a fun light read and it worked really well for that purpose. It was really predictable, and quite scattered. I was looking for a "coming-of-age" story and it wasnt fully that. It did contain a few story lines that really frustrated me, though. Most notably that of (spoilers) Toby's mom abandoning the family to chase her dreams of singing and that being shrugged off as just "being how she was" and so it was fine and all good. All in all it was what I expected it to be w I picked up this book for a fun light read and it worked really well for that purpose. It was really predictable, and quite scattered. I was looking for a "coming-of-age" story and it wasnt fully that. It did contain a few story lines that really frustrated me, though. Most notably that of (spoilers) Toby's mom abandoning the family to chase her dreams of singing and that being shrugged off as just "being how she was" and so it was fine and all good. All in all it was what I expected it to be when I picked it up so I'm not disappointed.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lionheart

    This had the potential to be a really great book. It did. 13 year old boy's mom goes away to chase dream, he is left with his father and best friend for company. To stir things up, the Fattest Boy in the World moves to his town. Who wouldn't want to read that? But the author... I don't know what happened. I hardly enjoyed it. I liked the beginning, and I liked the end. But everything in the middle kind of ruined it for me. Over all, a mix of 'Eh' with some 'OK'. This had the potential to be a really great book. It did. 13 year old boy's mom goes away to chase dream, he is left with his father and best friend for company. To stir things up, the Fattest Boy in the World moves to his town. Who wouldn't want to read that? But the author... I don't know what happened. I hardly enjoyed it. I liked the beginning, and I liked the end. But everything in the middle kind of ruined it for me. Over all, a mix of 'Eh' with some 'OK'.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wolf

    This is my second time through this book. I read it when it first came out (almost 20 years ago. YEARS). but honestly I didn’t remember that much about it. I listened to the audiobook this time, which I enjoyed. So much story in between the words.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Nelson

    Willis Holt is a masterful storyteller; I felt like I was reading Kate DiCamillo. There weren't surprises in the plot but I was caught off guard anyway by the emotions. The audiobook is excellent! Also, what is the deal lately with me picking up books where a parent leaves their family? Willis Holt is a masterful storyteller; I felt like I was reading Kate DiCamillo. There weren't surprises in the plot but I was caught off guard anyway by the emotions. The audiobook is excellent! Also, what is the deal lately with me picking up books where a parent leaves their family?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Therese

    So cute and nostalgic!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sofie Langenhuizen

    Did not enjoy. Was recommended to me by a teacher, but I have absolutely no clue why. Don't waste your time with this book. Did not enjoy. Was recommended to me by a teacher, but I have absolutely no clue why. Don't waste your time with this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Omg was this book srs???? No. Just no.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Danna

    Hey, do you think your town is boring? It may seem so in the beginning of this amazing book but its just warming up for you. This fantastic book is realistic-fiction. This book is sure to leave you satisfied that you checked it out. It is an incredible story although there could have been a little more excitement. This book is about a teen boy who lives in Antler,Texas. His life seems pretty boring until his mom goes away to Nashville for a singing competition and Zachary Beaver, the fattest ki Hey, do you think your town is boring? It may seem so in the beginning of this amazing book but its just warming up for you. This fantastic book is realistic-fiction. This book is sure to leave you satisfied that you checked it out. It is an incredible story although there could have been a little more excitement. This book is about a teen boy who lives in Antler,Texas. His life seems pretty boring until his mom goes away to Nashville for a singing competition and Zachary Beaver, the fattest kid in the world, comes to town. Toby's(main character) major crush is Scarlett but she crushes his dreams when she dates the most popular kid in school and tells Toby they will only be friends. He finally gets the news that his mom has lost the competition and she is leaving both him and his dad because of the constant arguements the parents had. His bestfriend is also suffering a lot because *SPOILER ALERT* his brother has just died in the military. Both Toby and Cal ( his best friend) have gone through a lot. But will they regain their happiness with the help of Zachary? This author is trying to tell us that we need to stick together no matter what. This book, in my opinion,could have had a little more excitement and adventure in it. I wonder why the mom couldn't have warned Toby that she ws leaving? The text states,"Critter, I'm thinking of you, honey. I know this is hard for you. I don't know what I would do if I lost you." Toby is having a really hard time understanding that his mom is never coming back. It also states," Slowly Scarlett gets off the bike and steps towards him. My chest feels like it's squeezing my heart." This is one of those moments when you just fell so sorry for the main character. That is how I felt when I read it. My opinion is that the book sounds very gloomy and dull but that is mostly the point of the author. She is trying so hard to make this book sound discouraging so the reader can really put deep thoughts into the words she says. In the book it states," After breakfast, I head outside, looking for a place to escape. But there is no place in Antler to escape. It feels like I'm drowning in my own thoughts." The text also states," Nothing ever happens in Antler, Texas. Nothing much at all." Those phrases show how depressing Antler, Texas can be. The author gives a really good introduction for the reader. Honestly, I would give this book a 4 star rate. I would give it that because there are some things, in my perspective, that should have been added like more of a "bright and spirited" place but at the same time I can understand why the author did what she did. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who likes books about friendship that isn't quite as normal as other friendships. My suggestion that I would make ( the moral I learned from the story) is always make friends with the people that are emotionally nice not physically nice. Friendship can come from the weirdest persons.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Taylor811

    Taylor Schulz 2/2/08 8-1 When Zachary Beaver came to town This book teaches us all a lesson. It teaches us to not judge a book by its cover or how a person looks like their weight, clothes, style, and more. That’s exactly what had happened to Zachary Beaver. He had no friends because people judged him by his weight. All he had was Polly, who drove him around the world so he could make a profit. People picked on Zachary and took him for granted; no body took the time to find out his personality exce Taylor Schulz 2/2/08 8-1 When Zachary Beaver came to town This book teaches us all a lesson. It teaches us to not judge a book by its cover or how a person looks like their weight, clothes, style, and more. That’s exactly what had happened to Zachary Beaver. He had no friends because people judged him by his weight. All he had was Polly, who drove him around the world so he could make a profit. People picked on Zachary and took him for granted; no body took the time to find out his personality except Toby and Cal. There was nothing to exciting going on in Texas, but when Zachary Beaver came to town, well that was probably the most exciting event that had taken place there. When the news got around to Toby and Cal, they rushed there immediately. When they got there, they waited in line until it was there turn to go in and see Zachary. From the first time they saw Zachary, they could never stop looking at him and from that first very moment they saw him, they never left him alone. They wanted to know more about him. Toby and Cal were not like other people, they did not judge Zachary by how fat he was, they wanted to know more about him and become friends with him. Toby and Cal were such great friends to Zachary; they didn’t judge him and they helped him through the thick and the thin. They took him to get baptized because Zachary had never been baptized and that was an important thing to him. That was one of the best things that has happened to Zachary, he got to have real friends that cared for him and he got to get baptized which he has been waiting for his whole life. This book really teaches kids how Treat each other with respect and don’t judge a book by its cover because then you don’t get to see what’s on the inside.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kirah Marshall

    1. The summer of 71 was different than any other summer Toby had experienced. When Zachary Beaver comes to town, Toby's life changes drastically. This summer, Toby experiences great losses, deals with newly found emotions, and gains new friends. Zachary is claimed to be the fattest boy in the world, and is also the biggest liar in the world. Slowly, Toby and Cal befriend Zachary only to discover his life is very lonely. Toby's mother leaves his father, and Cal's brother Wayne dies. The whole tow 1. The summer of 71 was different than any other summer Toby had experienced. When Zachary Beaver comes to town, Toby's life changes drastically. This summer, Toby experiences great losses, deals with newly found emotions, and gains new friends. Zachary is claimed to be the fattest boy in the world, and is also the biggest liar in the world. Slowly, Toby and Cal befriend Zachary only to discover his life is very lonely. Toby's mother leaves his father, and Cal's brother Wayne dies. The whole town is affected by these events. The only good thing that came from that summer was the new friendship and experiences Toby, Cal, and Zachary had. 2. This book has a lexile of 700. It is definitely intended for students who are independent readers. This book is interesting, so I would say it has a high interest level and suggest it to grades 4-6. 3. You could use this in lessons about teaching students to not judge a book by its cover. EX: all the people who came to see Zachary were only nosy. They didn't care about him. 4. I think this book is too long to use in a literature circle. 5. You could potentially read this book aloud, but I wouldn't recommend it. 6. I think boys would enjoy this book because the main character is also a boy, but I also think girls would enjoy this book. Students who like to read about realistic life fiction would enjoy this book. Also students who have family in the military, or have separated parents could identify with the characters in this book, so I would suggest it to them. 7. I think related books could be Hoot, Holes, and Crash. 8. This book comes in many different forms (hard back, paperback, audio version, kindle). There is also a movie version of this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Karry

    "Clear as Crystal" : The novel, "When Zachary Beaver came to town", was an enjoyable novel written by Kimberly Willis. Her style is very particular and inspiring. The direction of the story is indisputable as well as the argument. The connection amid the intramural character progression and the exoteric behaviors organized to maintain the motion of the narrative is apparent. Willis' way of expressing thought and formation of the novel creates the desire for supplementary reading. The tone of her "Clear as Crystal" : The novel, "When Zachary Beaver came to town", was an enjoyable novel written by Kimberly Willis. Her style is very particular and inspiring. The direction of the story is indisputable as well as the argument. The connection amid the intramural character progression and the exoteric behaviors organized to maintain the motion of the narrative is apparent. Willis' way of expressing thought and formation of the novel creates the desire for supplementary reading. The tone of her books portray limitless creativity supporting a powerful emotion which generally represent fervent attitude. The narrative gradually develops the complex plot in detail. "Like Water in a Desert" : Kimberly in my personal speculation is characterized as a compassionate mentor. Her tone is vigorous as well as impressionable. This book would be most endearing to an individual who enjoys comical narratives. The potent devotion incorporated in the design of the story is expressive. The slight humor of realism is inserted into the main character's temperament concomitant with sensible situations (Toby's fondness of Heather). The aspect of the narrative is consistent with the trials the characters face in addition to the prospective occurrences.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tommy W

    When Zachary Beaver came to town is about the fattest boy came to a small town called Antler, Texas. There are two boys named Cal and Toby. They are really good friends and look after each other. Toby’s mom left him and his father to move to Nashville, Tennessee to be a country singer. When Zachary first arrived in Antler, Toby and Cal were really interested to see what he looked like. They found out that Zachary lied about where he went and that he isn’t really the fattest person in the world. When Zachary Beaver came to town is about the fattest boy came to a small town called Antler, Texas. There are two boys named Cal and Toby. They are really good friends and look after each other. Toby’s mom left him and his father to move to Nashville, Tennessee to be a country singer. When Zachary first arrived in Antler, Toby and Cal were really interested to see what he looked like. They found out that Zachary lied about where he went and that he isn’t really the fattest person in the world. I would rate this book a 4. I really liked the book but in the middle it got really boring. In the middle it talked about Toby’s mom being gone and him liking this girl named Scarlet. It also talked about Toby and Cal going and checking on Zachary about every day and seeing if his guardian came back for him. The beginning and the end are the best because it talks about Zachary first arriving and him getting baptized in a lake. Overall, i really liked this book and recommend it for other people.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Krista Stevens

    Toby lives in Texas with his best friend, Cal, whose older brother is fighting in Vietnam. Toby's mom has travelled to Nashville to perform in a competition and doesn't seem keen on coming back. Then Zachary Beaver, the fattest boy in the world, shows up in a trailer and charges money for people to walk through and gawk at him. Toby, Cal, and Cal's sister find a way to meet Zachary and some of the best scenes in young adult literature ensue involving a man-made lake that is off bounds to swimmin Toby lives in Texas with his best friend, Cal, whose older brother is fighting in Vietnam. Toby's mom has travelled to Nashville to perform in a competition and doesn't seem keen on coming back. Then Zachary Beaver, the fattest boy in the world, shows up in a trailer and charges money for people to walk through and gawk at him. Toby, Cal, and Cal's sister find a way to meet Zachary and some of the best scenes in young adult literature ensue involving a man-made lake that is off bounds to swimming and another scene releasing lady bugs. It is sad and heart-warming. I only gave it a 4 as I wanted a little more depth in some of the characters - Cal's mom, Zachary's guardian (that whole plot line felt unfinished), but otherwise it was great. National Book Award winner. Would be great for middle school or struggling/reluctant readers in high school. Could fit Gr. 11 or Gr. 12.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sammi

    I was forced to read this book for my english class. This was really awful. To quote one of my friends "why are your eading that? It sounds like a little kids book." I felt like a little kid while reading it. Then, the author came to our school to come and tlak to us about writing. I think i knew more about writing then she did. It really was one of the 2 most boring hours of my life, and i've been many of my grandmothers friends houese so i know what i'm talking about when i say boring. Sorry, I was forced to read this book for my english class. This was really awful. To quote one of my friends "why are your eading that? It sounds like a little kids book." I felt like a little kid while reading it. Then, the author came to our school to come and tlak to us about writing. I think i knew more about writing then she did. It really was one of the 2 most boring hours of my life, and i've been many of my grandmothers friends houese so i know what i'm talking about when i say boring. Sorry, to anyone who is very insulted by this.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    The writing of this was crisp and clear, and easy to read, and seemed like an enjoyable novel. However, as I think on it now, there are too many loose ends and sub-plots that don't go anywhere (the whole idea of Toby trying to gain the favor of a certain young girl, and then fixing her up again with her ex-boyfriend seems pointless in retrospect). Some lofty themes and dealing with issues such as death and divorce make it easy to see why this is an award winner, but it is not a book that I would The writing of this was crisp and clear, and easy to read, and seemed like an enjoyable novel. However, as I think on it now, there are too many loose ends and sub-plots that don't go anywhere (the whole idea of Toby trying to gain the favor of a certain young girl, and then fixing her up again with her ex-boyfriend seems pointless in retrospect). Some lofty themes and dealing with issues such as death and divorce make it easy to see why this is an award winner, but it is not a book that I would recommend to students or for study.

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