At the Ditch in the Center of the Universe by Geraldine Glodek
Approx. 7,250 words.
Published on April 9, 2012 by
It's 1959. Tim Giovannini, whose family made it out of the mines and factories of Pennsylvania, wants nothing to do with kids whose parents still come home with dirty hands. He has a chance to go to the Buddy Holly concert in Iowa with Hal Jones, the laces of whose sneakers Tim does not feel fit to loose. Hal can't stomach Tim, but a ride to Iowa in Tim's dad's car is his only way to get there