"Fenner (Randall's Wall, 1991, etc.) has created a hero blessed and cursed by his dogged determination, and set him down in an ennobling tale of people prevailing over the very worst that life has to offer. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Homeless for years, Ian, 11, and his father, a Vietnam veteran, have been grateful for the meager comforts at the city's abandoned Hall of Justice; the old historic courthouse is minimally heated and has toilets and running water.
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