I read this book about 1-May-2004. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1967. This note was last modified Tuesday, 04-May-2004 22:31:20 PDT.
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Published as by Patrick J. Williams. Copyright given as Scholastic Magazines. Tony passed it on to me in a Butterworth stack, and it sounds like one to me, but that's not completely conclusive, eh? I haven't managed to google up any confirmation.
This copy is ex-library, and still has the date due sheet in it. Rather sad: Apr 30 1974, Nov 2 1976, Apr 1 1977, Apr 19 1977, May 3 1977, Oct 15 1984, Oct 3 1989. And then, I guess, out. From Seattle Public Schools. I think they bought it in 1976, when it came out, but there could well have been a completely filled date due slip that's been replaced.
An unreasonably talented kid (classical and jazz pianist, self-taught mechanic) gets to do both things the summer before going to college, and earns enough to pay for college to boot. I'm actually a little bothered by how fast, and how painlessly, he learns to be a good mechanic.
He also makes some good friends.