Brothers beyond Blood: A Battalion Surgeon in the South Pacific

Brothers beyond Blood: A Battalion Surgeon in the South Pacific

by George Sharpe, Melissa Roberts

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-- In the spirit of Tom Sawyer, two preteen boys leave home to embark on a reckless adventure. Bobby and Sam impulsively hop a freight to a Texas army base, hoping to capture wild horses rumored to be free for the taking. They encounter the horses, but decide not to remove them from their pastoral setting. The premise of a secret horse herd will remind readers of Walter Farley's The Island Stallion (Random, 1980), but the story's flaws make this a second-rate adventure. Characters lack motivation, the plot relies on coincidence, and awkward writing (shifts in point of view, abrupt transitions) will confuse readers. The horses are especially unhorselike--the wild stallion actually rescues the boys from a firing range. Period details (set during World War II) are too overbearing and add little spice to the story. Stick with Farley for this type of boy-horse adventure. --Charlene Strickland, formerly at Albuquerque Public Library , NM

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Eakin Press
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