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In his novel Up Country Alden R Carter writes about how hard life is for childrenin the adolescent era by portraying the actions off Carl Staggers a teenager surviving hismothers alcoholism and his car radio thief ring gone to disarray Carl is a tragic hero whorambles through this time period by trying to make things right He is also accompaniedby characters close to him as the novel progressesCarl is a young man with great hopes and dreams to become an electrical engineer The problem is that he and his mother are deeply in debt and Veronica Staggers Carlsmother is an alcoholic who is brought home by the cops almost every week Carl has thebright idea to use an opportunity that arose to earn money to go to a good technical collegeand earn a degree in electrical engineering In this little opportunity Carl repairs stolenstereos that he receives from his partner in crime changes the serial number and placesthe stereo into a company box for resale Although this seems like the perfect crimesomething goes terribly wrong with his admirable plan and Carl gets busted for the radiosalong with all of the other juveniles helping him Ironically he was busted for the car audioequipment because of his mother who was thrown in a detox center for her alcohol abuse Therefore Carl was sent up country to stay with his aunt uncle and cousin whom hehasnt seen for a little over eight years Thats when all of the trouble starts including arun in with the local redneck bully and his girlfriend On a good note while staying withhis secondary family he meets a wonderful country girl with whom he ultimately stays withinstead of going back to live with his mother who cleans her self up and moves on with herlife Carl is sentenced to public work and is basically let off easy on the condition that hestay in school and earn that electrical degreeThe theme of this story
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