The Adventures of Boone Barnabyby Joe Cottonwood
Boone Barnaby and his two best friends learn about the adult version of truth and justice through their adventures in a small California town.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThree soccer-crazed sixth graders engage in escapades both comic and serious in this larky tale (who can resist a chapter entitled ``A Studebaker, a Crossbow, and a Can of Beer''?). Ages 8-12. (Nov.)
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-7-- Boone Barnaby, the narrator of this warmly engaging story of innocence and experience, describes his relationship with his best friend, Danny; and Babcock, the new kid with one name who becomes the much needed eleventh player on their soccer team and a close, talented, and valued friend. Boone and his friends live in a run-down, near-coastal California town just across the mountain from the prosperous, Volvo-infested silicon valley where Boone's computer engineer father commutes to work. One of the book's most colorful characters is the soccer coach, who rides a Harley and fires his .44 magnum to start the team's trashathon fund raiser to clean up San Puerco. The town goose and a pack of dogs also play supporting roles, as does a redwood tree that looks over their small town and lends a helpful perspective. Hippies vs. yuppies, UFOs, discussions about the '60s draft, and drugs all enter into the mix as Boone and his friends struggle to find out what's fair--a theme that runs throughout the book. The resolution rights the wrongs, yet leaves open a variety of problems to be faced in the search for justice that will continue throughout the lives of these characters. A book that is resplendent with humor, irony, thoughtful introspection, and well-paced plotting. --Joel Shoemaker, Tilford Middle School, Vinton, IA
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