Coyote Autumn

Coyote Autumn

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by Bill Wallace
     
 

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"You Can't Keep A Coyote!
They're Wild...."

Brad has always wanted a dog, so when he catches the little coyote, he decides to keep it. He couldn't have a dog when his family lived in a Chicago apartment, but now that they've moved to rural Oklahoma anything seems possible. Even rescuing an orphaned coyote pup...and keeping it a secret from his

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"You Can't Keep A Coyote!
They're Wild...."

Brad has always wanted a dog, so when he catches the little coyote, he decides to keep it. He couldn't have a dog when his family lived in a Chicago apartment, but now that they've moved to rural Oklahoma anything seems possible. Even rescuing an orphaned coyote pup...and keeping it a secret from his parents. With his friend Nolan's help, Brad is determined to tame Scooter, train him, play with him, and hide him in an old dog pen behind the barn. It almost works...until Mom and Dad discover his secret — and Scooter steals their hearts and gives them all a coyote's-eye view of what it's like to live in the dangerous world of men.

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Children's Literature
Finally, thirteen-year-old Brad has moved someplace where he can have the dog he always wanted. No more city life, no more apartments, no more excuses of "no yard" and "no room." His family has moved to the country, and it hasn't been an easy adjustment for Brad, but if he can just have a dog, he thinks he might get used to it. This is why he is so disturbed by the local "sport," coyote-hunting. Brad has spent several afternoons watching the coyotes play in the field behind his house. When he sees a man drive a truck full of greyhounds to the field and set them loose in pursuit of the coyotes, it turns his stomach. Later, Brad finds a lone survivor amidst the terrible carnage, and it's only natural for him to take the motherless coyote home. However, raising a coyote presents problems he never considered. 2000, Holiday House, $16.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Heidi Green
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Observing the local coyote pack appeals to 12-year-old Brad, who has just moved from suburban Chicago to Oklahoma. However, local hunters who used to kill wolves in the area are now using their dogs to wipe out the only prey left-the coyotes. When he witnesses an attack on a coyote family, he rescues the only survivor, a pup, and hides it from his family, training and caring for it. On his birthday, Brad's father gives him a bird dog, and the jig is up. However, when the coyote becomes a better soccer player than Brad's older sister, the entire family is charmed. When a hunter shows up again, Brad risks his life to save his pets, but it becomes more and more obvious that the wild animal needs to be free. The boy's decision to take Scooter to a wildlife refuge is anguishing for him, and it isn't until autumn that he realizes the wisdom of his act. Wallace has developed some engaging and realistic characters. Brad is an honorable young man and his loyalty to and love for the coyote is finely drawn. The man who allows his dogs to tear apart the coyotes is truly remorseful at endangering Brad. Wallace has written a book that displays his talent for creating true-to-life young people and the lessons that they learn from nature. A great choice for all animal lovers.-Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743428361
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Edition description:
First Aladdin Paperbacks Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
500,446
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Bill Wallace grew up in Oklahoma. Along with riding their horses, he and his friends enjoyed campouts and fishing trips. Toasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories to scare one another, and catching fish was always fun.
One of the most memorable trips took place on the far side of Lake Lawtonka, at the base of Mt. Scott. He and his best friend, Gary, spent the day shooting shad with bow and arrows, cutting bank poles, and getting ready to go when their dads got home from work.
Although there was no "monster" in Lake Lawtonka, one night there was a "sneak attack" by a rather large catfish tail. Checking the bank poles was not nearly as fun or "free" after that point, but it was the inspiration for this story.
Bill Wallace has won nineteen children's state awards and been awarded the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for Children's Literature from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

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