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THE BONES ON BLACK SPRUCE MOUNTAIN

Author: David Budbill

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Publisher: Onion River Press, ©2004

Material: paperback

Summary: Daniel and Seth, two 13 year-old boys, decide to climb and explore Black Spruce Mountain. They want to test their survival skills and solve the mystery of a missing boy who supposedly died on the mountain. The story is a camping adventure, a mystery, and a story of friendship.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, independent reading, reluctant reader, remedial reading

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 9 and up

Young Reader Reaction: Review Pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: In many ways, Daniel and Seth are modern versions of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. The story is a stand-alone great read. For young teenagers, it is a poignant story about the nature of friendship.

Pros: The story allows teenagers to understand the complexities of friendship. The author’s knowledge of the locale and his camping experience make the story realistic. His understanding of the psyche of young teenage boys makes the “coming-of-age” process of the two friends authentic and believable.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. I would buy this for my personal library and recommend it as a gift for any young reader's book shelf.

If You Liked This Book, Try: CLICK HERE: TO FIND OUT HOW I SURVIVED SEVENTH GRADE   INTRUDERS ON BATTLESHIP ISLAND (The Bayshore Mysteries)   THE MISSING CANARY

Educational Themes: In the hands of a competent facilitator, the book can serve as the focus of group discussion on friendship, growing up, and the complexities in the lives of foster children.

Notes: 8/05-Sent to Lack

Literary Categories: Fiction - nature, mystery, hiking

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2005

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