Don't Let the Wind Catch Youby Aaron Paul Lazar
When young Gus LeGarde befriends Tully, a cranky old hermit in the woods who speaks to an Indian spirit, he wonders if the man is nuts. But when the spirit rattles tin cups, draws on dusty mirrors, and flips book pages, pestering him to find evidence to avenge her past, things change fast. What Gus doesn't understand is why his mother hates Tully and forbids him to see the old man. What could Tully have possibly done to earn this distrust?
Faced with long-buried family secrets and danger, Gus summons courage beyond his years in this poignant and powerful telling of the sultry summer of 1965.
"Gus LeGarde's latest adventure along with twins, Elsbeth and Siegfried, is a wild ride of intrigue, enchantment and compassion. Lazar is a consummate storyteller whose compelling characters transcend age and beliefs as he takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery."
~ Deborah J. Ledford, author of Snare, The Hillerman Sky Award Finalist
"Once again, Lazar shows his incredible talent as a writer through the wonderfully diverse cast of characters he introduces us to. ...Don't Let the Wind Catch You was thoroughly enjoyable, and I can't recommend it enough. Trust me, you won't be able to put it down!"
~ Cindy Guest Taylor, Allbooks Reviews International
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Meet the Author
Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. The author of three mystery series and more, Lazar enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming release from Twilight Times Books, Sanctuary.
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LeGarde fans who enjoyed the flashback into Gus LeGarde’s life in 1964 provided by Tremolo, will be pleased to journey backward again. The year is 1965 and readers join the LeGarde family at their home in Goodland. Gus is spending an adventurous summer with his closest friends, the twins, Elsbeth and Siegfried. The inclusion of a ghost makes this LeGarde mystery unique. The ghost of a young Indian girl adds amusement to the story, as well as help in solving the mysteries. An abandoned house, an old hermit and some long buried secrets add intrigue and supply clues, questions, answers and danger. Gus and his friends are up to the challenge and work through the clues to unravel the mystery. As with all of the LeGarde mysteries, Aaron Paul Lazar brings the story to life, involving the reader in the events that lead to the solution. Told in first person narrative by young Gus, the story allows readers admission to his thoughts and emotions. Readers will feel as if they are traveling along with Gus, searching for clues. Each Gus LeGarde mystery stands alone in its story, yet each of these stories persuades the reader to enjoy the whole series. Gus LeGarde is a hero who becomes a good friend. It is to be expected that readers will want to spend more time with Gus and solve a few mysteries in the process.
Don't Let The Wind Catch You by Aaron Paul Lazar is a fantastic book. I recommend it to everyone. As always, Lazar is very detail oriented and I felt more as if I was watching a movie. The images are so vivid. Plus, all the details are there. This story line is another flashback into young Gus and his family and friends. Gus is a curious and huge hearted child. Besides, who doesn't love ghost stories!
A master storyteller Don’t Let the Wind Catch You is a wonderful, rich, heart-warming story of depth and substance, beautifully told. If you liked 'The Waltons' and 'Little House on the Prairie', you will love this book. And though I make the comparisons, the story is told in the distinctive voice of Gus/Aaron Lazar. Like the voice of a favorite singer you know from the first note. The author never misses a beat, and is totally in control of his material. The story takes place in the 1960s. It is a strong mystery, but more than that. It is a coming of age story, complete with all the angst and beauty inherent in growing up. It’s a romance and a ghost story. You come to know Gus not only from the caring, respectful way he treats not only other people, but also his dog and his horse. You just know he will grow up to be a very special man. Buy it! And settle back for a wonderful read that will stay with you long after you read the final paragraph.
Aaron Paul Lazar pens "Don't Let the Wind Catch You" in a well written, smooth flowing plot that will captivate you from the start. The author's characters, 12 year old Gus and his friends, were very well developed, realistic and had great chemistry in this coming of age story. With just a touch of paranormal, this book held my interest and one that I recommend to all readers. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Gus’s best friend’s twin sister “didn’t scare easily now she was eleven,” and Gus doesn’t scare too easily either in Aaron Paul Lazar’s effortlessly evocative and haunting middle-grade/teen/adult novel, Don’t Let the Wind Catch You. Quick sure writing with a clear young-teen point of view sets the scene of time and place. Three friends ride horses in the Genesee Valley, in a 1950s world where Mexican food was a new experience, neighbors were friends, and doors weren’t always locked. Mothers cook. Fathers go out to work. And the long summer stretches ahead of the children with all its promise and fun. But when Gus meets a strange old hermit in the forest, the past becomes more important than the future. Why does his sweet kind mother dislike the man so much? Who is the man’s mysteriously silent friend? And what really happened in that long-ago battle commemorated in stone? Blending wonderful real-world detail with ghostly mystery and vivid characters, the writing pulls in readers of any age and offers wisdom beautifully cloaked in storytelling drama. Children’s fantasy, history’s error, and adult’s unthinking judgments all combine to make this a story filled with generous spirit and powerful authenticity. There’s a thoroughly pleasing, thought-provoking honesty in these characters, and a truly enticing mystery to be solved, all convincingly wound around the thoughts of a young boy experiencing his first kiss, enjoying the music on his first transistor radio, and, for the most part, obeying his parents just as a young boy should. Disclosure: I love the author’s books and jumped at the chance to read and review a free ecopy of this one.
Children are full of questions. From the time they learn to speak, one of the most frequent words out of their mouths is “why”, and in Don’t Let the Wind Catch You, Aaron Paul Lazar tells the story from the point of view of a curious 12 year old Gus LeGarde, who seems to find a mystery around every corner and is determined to find answers to all of the resulting unanswered questions. In true Lazar style, he hooked me with the first sentence and reeled me right into the story as Gus and 11 year old twins, Siefried and Elspeth, crawl on their bellies towards an old shack in the woods near the Ambuscade monument in Letchworth State Park in Livingston County, New York. Suddenly, they hear a man talking but they don’t hear a responding voice, and as they creep closer the old hermit shoves a shotgun out the window and threatens to shoot if they don’t get off of his land. How did he know they were there and was he talking to himself or was there a second person in the shack? What was the high-pitched wail that came out of nowhere and why does his mother turn white as a sheet when Gus asks his parents who lives in the old shack? As any avid reader knows, there are many different genres of fiction, from mystery to paranormal to historical fiction and even stories about relationships and families. Each has its own following of readers, but this story will entice any and all readers because Lazar takes a page from each of these genres and binds it into a perfectly well rounded and exciting story, which will leave you wanting more. This series usually follows Gus as an adult, but I really loved that Lazar chose to go back in time to Gus’ childhood for a few books in order to give us insight into how Gus became such a loving and sensitive man. Gus was a child of the sixties, a decade I was also born into, so the story took me back to my childhood as well and brought back some amazing memories. When you can relate to a book and it sparks personal memories, the story becomes even more special. Once again, Lazar shows his incredible talent as a writer through the wonderfully diverse cast of characters that he introduces us to. Each one has endearing qualities, and I couldn’t help but grow to love them all as the story progressed. It was interesting watching how the characters interacted with each other and learned from each other, and as in many of his books, Lazar also throws in a lesson to the reader as he takes an issue that is prevalent in today’s society and deals with it in a sensitive way through the eyes of a young boy whose innocence has not yet been tainted by the prejudices of our world today. Young Gus is unconditionally accepting, something which many people today have lost the ability to do. Don’t Let the Wind Catch You is part of the Gus LeGarde Mystery series, a sequel to Tremolo: Cry of the Loon and a prequel to Double Forté, but it can easily be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel. It is a nonstop whirlwind of excitement and suspense where the storyline definitely keeps you guessing. I like that in a book because you certainly don’t get bored when there are always numerous possibilities turning over in your mind, and just when you think you have it figured out, Lazar throws in another clue that tosses your theory out the window. Don’t Let the Wind Catch You was thoroughly enjoyable, and I can’t recommend it enough. Trust me, you won’t be able to put it down!