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Last Sam's Cage (Paperback)
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Last Sam's Cage is the remarkable story of fifteen-year-old Eddie Slater. Already labelled a young offender, Eddie runs away from an abusive stepfather and takes up residence at the Calgary Zoo. There he meets Jack, a middle-aged man who has been coming to the zoo's playground every day for thirty-two years to watch the children. Convinced that Jack is either a pervert or just plain weird, Eddie follows him home one day, and eventually breaks into his house to see what he can find. He discovers more than he bargained for - and that discovery changes both Eddie and Jack for good.
About the Author
David A. Poulsen has been a broadcaster, teacher, football coach, rodeo competitor, stage and film actor and-most of all-writer. His writing career began in earnest when his story The Welcomin' won the 1984 Alberta Culture Short Story Competition. Now the author of more than 20 books, David recently completed his Masters degree in Creative Writing at UBC. He divides his time between his small ranch in the Alberta foothills southwest of Calgary and a second home in Maricopa, Arizona. In 2011 David's young adult novel Numbers was selected for the Sakura Medal (awarded by English speaking high school students in Japan to their favourite novel of the year). As a result David toured International Schools in Japan and Korea in the fall of 2011. Numbers has since been added to the new English curriculum for Grade 10 in Saskatchewan. David served as the Writer in Residence at the Saskatoon Public Library in 2012/13. His newest novel, Old Man, a YA/Adult crossover novel was launched in January 2013 to excellent reviews from CanLit, CCBC, Quill and Quire and the National Post, among others...and has just been received a nomination for the White Pine Award, part of the OLA's Forest of Reading program.