Lean on Pete – Willy Vlautin

I was completely charmed by this book.  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. Due to increasingly desperate circumstances, Charley heads east, hoping to find his aunt —but the journey to find her will be a perilous one.  It is easy to care about Charley and his journey – it’s an easy book to love. (submitted by SB)

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