Fourteen-year-old Hugh Rudd had his summer planned: mow lawns, practice baseball, buy a new mountain bike, and get ready for high school. But the Burlington Northern Railroad's determination to demolish the Hendershot Grocery Warehouse, a symbol of Hugh's small Texas home town, causes Hugh to re-examine his plans. As the locals gear up to stop the railroad, long-held secrets about both the town and Hugh's own family come to light, and Hugh is caught up in the conflict to save his home town, and his family’s legacy.
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Clay Reynolds is the winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award.
"This is Reynolds’s fourth novel about the dusty, hot, and sleepy West Texas town of Agatite, a faded stewpot of roiling passions, savage gossip, and crooked politics. . . . This warm and entertaining story is solidly written and vividly atmospheric. Reynolds spins a compelling yarn."—Publishers Weekly