Rat Life by Tedd Arnold
The year is 1972, and Todd spends his free time working without pay at his family's motel and writing stories for his friends. Through a gut-wrenching incident, he ends up being offered a job at the local drive-in theatre by a guy named Rat. Mysteries ensue, such as: Who exactly is Rat? How about the dead guy in the river? Will the town survive the big flood?
Yeah, I think the author tried to pack too much into this book, and some of the language wasn't accurate for 1972. NAY.