Bull Rider

Bull Rider

by Marilyn Halvorson

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Layne must face his greatest fear.See more details below


Layne must face his greatest fear.

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"Halvorson is talented at seamlessly weaving in the settings and character descriptions with the rising action of the story."
CM Magazine
"Highly Recommended."
This is a multi-book review. Orca Soundings novels are short and aimed at the reluctant teenage reader. Goobie's story will grab those YA readers who are moved by the dilemma of angry girls who have been victims of sexual abuse. Who owns you, Kelly? Your father who did this to you? Or do you own your own life? That's how her therapist talks to her. Kelly is a runaway, furious with the mother who allowed the abuse, a street person now incarcerated in a lockup for troubled adolescent girls. It isn't the first time. She knows who to trust and how to stay silent. Goobie is adept at handling this story. Bull Rider is also dramatic, but tells a completely different story. It is set in Calgary and centers on a family close to rodeo life. The father was killed while riding a bull, and so the mother is determined that her son Layne won't follow in his father's path. Layne has different ideas, of course, and he learns to ride bulls without his mother knowing what he is doing. The cover is also dramatic: a bull trampling a cowboy on the ground. A contemporary tale that offers an unusual setting, this will appeal to many YA readers. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, Orca Soundings, 92p.,
— Claire Rosser
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-In spite of his father's death at the National Finals six years earlier, Layne is determined to become an award-winning bull rider. His mother is adamant that he not ride, so the 16-year-old must practice in secret at a friend's family arena. When a rogue bull, Rhino, nearly finishes him off, Jana's grandfather agrees to train Layne. A convenient wedding gets his mom out of the way so that the teen can ride in the local rodeo, predictably, on Rhino. He survives, his mom loves him anyway, and he gets a nice kiss from Jana. Halvorson portrays her protagonist as an everyteen hero with fair success: he gets angry, gets hurt, takes responsibility for his actions, and shows brotherly affection for his younger sister on several occasions. The author also highlights the often-overlooked sport of rodeo riding without dramatizing the very real dangers or flooding readers with unwanted details.-Linda Bindner, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Orca Book Publishers
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Orca Soundings Series
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Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.25(d)
HL520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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"No, Layne," Mom said in a tight voice. Her eyes met mine again. "Not the bull riding. You know how I feel about that."

I knew all right. We'd been through this scene so many times it was like living in an instant replay. But this time I fought back. "Yeah, and you know how I feel about it too."

"I don't care how you feel," Mom shot back. "All I know is that I watched a bull kill my husband and there's no way I'll risk watching one kill my son."

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