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  • Paperback: 49 pages
  • Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing; Stg edition (Sept. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599051281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599051284
  • Product Dimensions: 27.1 x 21.3 x 0.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 898 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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“As in her first novel, My Louisiana Sky, Holt humanizes the outsider without sentimentality. . . . Holt reveals the freak in all of us, and the power of redemption.”
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“In her down-to-earth, people-smart way, Holt offers a gift.”
The Horn Book Magazine, Starred


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“As in her first novel, My Louisiana Sky, Holt humanizes the outsider without sentimentality. . . . Holt reveals the freak in all of us, and the power of redemption.”
Booklist, Starred

“In her down-to-earth, people-smart way, Holt offers a gift.”
The Horn Book Magazine, Starred


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark E Carpenter on May 9 2000
Format: Hardcover
In WHEN ZACHARY BEAVER CAME TO TOWN, a small texas town is changed forever when a Freak Show Character comes to visit thier town. Zachary Beaver is advertised as the fattest boy in the world. He is a very unlikeable character. He is unfriendly, rude, and a liar. The author tries to show you that his personality characteristics are essentially reactions to the way people react to him, and how they reacted to his late mother. Cal and Toby befriend Zachary when the barker abandons Zachary. Throughout the story, the boys try to help Zachary fulfill a wish that he had made to his deceased mother.
This book had so much potential, but it was frankly confusing, and didn't flow well at all. Intertwined with the main plot are some subplots that either confuse, or make you question why the author placed them there. Some of the subplots included are Toby's love for an unlikeable and unattainable girl, Cal's brother fighting and being killed in Vietnam, Toby's mom and Dad splitting up so that she can persue a country music career in Nashville, and the strained relationship between Toby and his worm farming father. In my opinion the book was filled with too many cliches and stereotypes. I am also put off by the fact that the Author uses Zachary's size as a source of humor throughout the book.
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"When Zachary Beaver Came to Town"
By Kimberly Wills Holt
Will you pay Two Dollars to see the fattest boy in the world? Yes?... I used to think that way. I used to say that I will pay any thing as long I see the fattest boy of the world but reading the book When Zachary Beaver came to Town mad me change my mind. If you are thinking on why should I change my mind you should read this passionate, humorous and extraordinary book. You won't waste your time.
Toby is thirteen-years-old. This summer was the longest and toughest in his life. ...
If you wonder why I change my mind about paying Two Dollars to see the fattest boy in the world you should read this parts from the book "How much do you eat?" he ask Zachary" after Cal ask this question Zachary said, "As much as I can" He sound like "yeah whatever" and that make me feel bad and make me stop reading and think, "How many people ask those kinds of questions." Other sentence that make me feel bad was another question of Cal's, "Where do you go to school?" Zachary answered back, "You're looking at it."What he was trying to say is that he never went out side of the trailer. If I were Zachary after only week I would drive me crazy. I would die of boredom.
I think that the author's message was that "one person can change a lot of staff" like feelings and the way of acting. That means to me that one person can come up to me and be my best friend and change my feelings. This means to the world that one president can change one city. My point of view is that i think that that's true. This writer is so good (Kimberly Wills Holt)...
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This book starts out innocent enough. Toby and his friend Cal find out that the fattest boy in the world has come to Antler, a slow moving town in the middle of Texas. So, they decide to go see them. And when they see him, Cal becomes obsessed with the boy. So starts out this books. Although many other things happen throughout the story, Toby and Cal's friendship with Zachary remains the main topic.
Toby has a lot happen to him, as this is one of those "Summer Of" books where your supposed to remember it as the greatest summer of your life. Holt did a great job telling the story to this one.
One problem I did have though, was its thing with religion. At a point, I began to think this was a religious book of sorts. It pushes a huge emphasis on baptism at one point, which I did not like.
Whats amazing is that this book is meant for Readers ages 9 to 12. I'm 16, and I seriously doubt the average 11 year old to read this book.
When Zachary Beaver Came To Town is a good book, and well worth reading, but I don't think it's one that deserved an award. And [it] definately should be directed towards an older age.
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When the fattest boy in American rides into the small town of Antler, Texas, the effect is anything but small. Zachary Beaver arrives in a small trailer, decorated with Christmas lights. The trailer ends up in the town's Dairy Maid parking lot. Admission is $2.00 to take a look at 600 pound Zachary. Toby and his friend Cal join the long line for the brief glimpse.
It is a summer of change. Toby's mother leaves her family behind for a western music career. Toby's best friend's brother is fighting in Vietnam. Toby himself is in love with Scarlett, who in turn loves an older and more suave Juan. And Toby lives in one of the more boring small towns of Texas, where nothing ever happens, until Zachary Beaver comes to town. "The cramped trailer smells like pine-Sol and lemon Pledge, and it's dark except for a lamp and sunlight slipping between the crack in the curtains. A drape hangs at one end, hiding the space behind it. And in the middle of the trailer sits the largest human being I've ever seen. When Zachary is deserted by his legal guardian, who takes off to find an additional side-show act, Toby and Cal begin leaving food and gifts on Zachary's doorstep. They hear Zachary's made-up stories of seeing the Eiffel Tower and the Seattle Space Needle. They learn that Zachary's mother died, and that Zachary was never baptized. Tender and memorable scenes include Toby and Cal building a set of steps to get Zachary into a truck to see a drive-in movie, and the efforts made to help Zachary be baptized, away from a side-show crowd at a nearby lake.
The small town setting allows the larger and more important themes of love, friendship, loneliness, despair, hope and fulfilled dreams, to take their rightful place in this memorable coming-of age story. Winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, "When Zachary Beaver Came to Town" is not to be missed.
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