Blackwater Ben by William Durbin is about a logging camp in the 's.
One of the best parts is when Ben finds out who his Mom was. When the book began His Mom died. His Mom was a teacher and his dad woundn't tell him about his Mom but his older friend told Him about His Mom. His Dad didn't want to have to think about his Mom so he didn't talk about it. I enjoyed the. The book was exiting it was really good because every thing that I like was in this book. Mar 05, Davin L rated it really liked it. Ben is a boy that struggles with school, so his father brings him along to his logging camp during the winter instead of going too school.
Ben learns many thing there about his father and mother who had died when he was young. He is the assistant chief called a cookie. My favorite part of the story is when he pulls a prank on the lumberjacks by putting medicine in their food that makes them go to the bathroom. He also boards up the doors to the outhouse so they can't use it. Feb 22, Aileen Swenson rated it really liked it.
Perfect middle grade novel that ties in with MN history. This is a great book for teaching Minnesota history- great voice for the main character! Mar 06, Colby rated it it was amazing. Blackwater Ben By William Durbin William Durbin did a really good in this book about telling the history of lumberjacks but in a cook position. There are so many different parts that affect the readers, like when they talk about when Ben's mother dieing and when he learns more about her. Blackwater Ben was the f Blackwater Ben By William Durbin William Durbin did a really good in this book about telling the history of lumberjacks but in a cook position.
Blackwater Ben was the first novel I read by William Durbin and there are a lot of different key life points and life meaning in this book In this book. All Ben knew was that his mom got sick and died and that she was really pretty. Ben was really ancey in school and he kept getting in truble with and his dad took him to be a cook at a logging camp.
At the camp one of his jobs is to bring food to the saw sharpener and they get to know each other and he finds out that he knew his mom and that followed through the whole book. That is one of the many things that Durbin does to keep the reader into the book and making them want more. Another big thing that grabs the attention of the reader is the fact that him and his dad are not very close and then, they start to bond over working together. I have recommended Blackwater Ben to a lot of people. This book I think almost anyone can get into and enjoy. In this book went into great detail over the logging long ago and shows a different story from other than just from the loggers, you get a cook's perspective.
If you like outdoors books and father son relationships growing into a stronger closer relationship this is the book for you. May 20, Miss Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction-gr , historical-fiction-overpgs. When 12 year old Ben is told that he must quit school to work at the logging camp with his father, he is thrilled even if it means working in the kitchen. Since his mother died, Ben's father has been even more distant and Ben hopes to get to know him better as they work together.
The story provides a lot of information about daily life and the harsh living and working conditions of the camp. I think this book would appeal to readers who enjo gr pgs Blackwater Logging Camp, Minnesota, I think this book would appeal to readers who enjoy Gary Paulsen's books. View 1 comment. Even though this is YA literature, it really is a historical fiction that is great for any age. The story of a young boy who works with his father in in a logging camp in northern Minnesota one winter. It covers a lot of the day to day life of a cook and the adventures in the logging camp and how it all worked.
A great read and Durbin writes this all so well in his great style! Jan 11, Duane rated it really liked it. Young Ben finds himself working in a logging camp in Minnesota with his cook father. The reader will enjoy reading about the harsh weather, harsh men, and intense daily work that makes a logging camp in the 's so interesting. Meant for preteen readers, the reader will enjoy learning the dialect of loggers and the trials and fun they endured in harsh conditions.
Aug 21, Carol C rated it liked it. The story of a young boy who helps his father, a cook in a logging camp kitchen. The cabin we visit yearly in Northern Minnesota is on the site of a former logging camp. So, I thought my kids might enjoy reading this book. Nov 01, Christina rated it really liked it. This book is mainly for boys, but I think that girls will enjoy this book too. I also liked how the glossary was in the front of the book, instead of the back of the book.
The reader knows the terminology before they start reading the book.. Mar 27, Maureen rated it it was amazing. William Durbin did such a fine job of creating a motley crew of characters in this fictional story about a logging camp in the 's. I read it and then shared it the boy's book club, and they loved it too. It is a fantastic book for boys to read, very funny, and full of adventure and history. I liked this story better than Journey to Lumberjack Camp.
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Blackwater Ben — University of Minnesota Press
A young boy discovers harsh realities, secrets, and adventure at a northern Minnesota logging camp in Peppered throughout with heart and humor, Blackwater Ben paints a vivid picture of the north woods of Minnesota at the end of the nineteenth century. An interesting and highly enjoyable book about a little-known yet important part of American history. As Ben spends long hours peeling potatoes and frying flapjacks, he dreams of working in the woods with the other men, felling trees, driving a team, and skidding timber.
Peppered throughout with heart and humor—and including a glossary and afterword with facts about logging— Blackwater Ben paints a vivid picture of the north woods of Minnesota at the end of the nineteenth century.
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