When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
Author: Kimberly Willis Holt
Grade Level Equivalent:
Guided Reading Level:
Friends and Friendship, Coming of Age, Respect, Understanding Self and Others, Parents
Nothing ever happens in Toby's small Texas town. Nothing much, that is, until this summer.
This summer, everyone seems to be leaving. Toby's mother leaves home to be a country singer. His best friend Cal's older brother goes off to fight in Vietnam. But their sleepy town is about to get a jolt with the arrival of Zachary Beaver, billed as the fattest boy in the world. There has never been anyone like Zachary. Toby is enthralled with him and his tales of the people and places he's known. In fact, Toby realizes, there's a lot this town has never seen. Toby knows there's more to Zachary than the stories he tells, and he wants to know the boy behind the billing. Toby is in for a summer unlike any other, a summer sure to change his life.