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Mullins, Norman D. Mountain boy: the adventures of Orion Saddler.

MULLINS, Norman D. Mountain boy: the adventures of Orion Saddler. Woodland Press (118 Woodland Drive, Chapmanville, WV 25508). 103p. c2004. 0-9724867-4-7. $9.95. J

A summer with grandparents at an isolated West Virginia farm, far from his Ohio home, offers Orion Saddler opportunity to grow emotionally and physically. The troubled city boy has many adventures, and younger YAs will become caught up in such challenges as outsmarting a lazy rooster, surviving a swollen creek, saving a pet pig from being eaten, searching for the best blackberries with a one-eyed goat, and exploring the legend of a prowling panther. Poppy John and Mammaw Saddler provide lessons in living--possibilities--which their grandson will internalize as he returns to give greater effort at his school.

Sophisticated students may think Orion's early school behavior is fairly innocuous, and some may find the ending a bit preachy. But the nicely flowing adventure of a unique summer has its appeal.

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

Maureen Griffin, Researcher, Everett, MA
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Date:Sep 1, 2004
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