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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 12 to 18.
Matthew has a lot to learn about who he is and what he wants from life. Right now, all he wants is to hide away in the cabin he built, but someone else has moved in. Angry, Matthew wants to boot the stranger out into the cold and rain, but maybe he can stay for one night. Then, the man, named Forrest, offers to teach Matthew how to hunt with a crossbow. Sloughing off his homework and the promises he has made to his two closest friends, Matthew practices until he can consistently hit the bulls eye and never miss the target. Meanwhile, robberies in the neighborhood confirm Matthew's suspicion that Forrest is not as innocent as he appears, but Matthew does not know what to do about it. Usually just cans of food and warm clothing are stolen, nothing serious. Plus, he has learned a great deal of forest lore and environmental statistics from him. Forrest is like the father Matthew never had. The situation comes to a head, however, after Matthew is caught cheating on his homework and Forrest steals a gun. Reviewer: Janet L. Rose