From the Newbery Award-winning author of Shiloh comes a middle-grade novel that combines adrenaline-fueled adventure with a poignant coming-of-age story about a boy who loves the challenges he faces when caving but finds daily life dealing with his stuttering problem a most difficult challenge.
PHYLLIS REYNOLDS NAYLOR is the author of more than 140 books, including the Newbery Medal winner Shiloh and the companion, A Shiloh Christmas; Faith, Hope and Ivy June; Emily's Fortune; Emily and Jackson Hiding Out; and the Boy/Girl Battle series, which begins with The Boys Start the War and The Girls Get Even. She lives in Maryland.
"Naylor's signature ability to coax profound truths out of ordinary
characters and familiar events shines, and she avoids supplying
easy answers. Change is hard. Familial relationships are
complicated. And healing takes time. Buck's strength is
inspirational, and his family's love and respect are
"Writing with characteristic sensitivity, Naylor delivers an engrossing account of a boy's interior and exterior struggles."--Publishers Weekly
"Naylor's novel pulls of a nifty, unusual feat, combining survival in the wilderness with survival in the world of bullies. This is a rare book you could give to readers of Vince Vawter's Paperboy and also fans of survivalist adventures by Gary Paulsen."--Booklist
"Naylor offers a well-constructed and well-paced story that will be appreciated by anyone who has ever felt out of place or bullied."--SLJ