Wa-Tonka! Camp Cowboys

Wa-Tonka! Camp Cowboys

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by Joe Novara, Robert Lawson, Kimberly Spatrisano
     
 

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Fourteen-year-old Nick Finazzo lives in a tiny house in Detroit's lower east side, where he sleeps wedged between one restless brother and another thumb-sucking one. When he is hired as a junior camp counselor at Wa-Tonka, a horseback-riding camp, he jumps at the chance to have his own bunk, ride horses, and make new friends.

Once there, Nick encounters even more

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Fourteen-year-old Nick Finazzo lives in a tiny house in Detroit's lower east side, where he sleeps wedged between one restless brother and another thumb-sucking one. When he is hired as a junior camp counselor at Wa-Tonka, a horseback-riding camp, he jumps at the chance to have his own bunk, ride horses, and make new friends.

Once there, Nick encounters even more new experiences than he expected. He finds himself not only appreciating the space he finds in northern Michigan but the space inside himself. For years he complained of the responsibilities he had taking care of his younger siblings, but now he finds that taking charge is something that comes naturally and that he does well!

Young readers in urban areas who crave a summertime getaway and boys and girls who enjoy horses and horseback-riding tales will find this coming-of-age story realistically appealing. Anyone who has ever attended summer camp and come back home a new person will appreciate Nick's story.

A Study Guide is included containing new vocabulary and spelling words, topics for essay and discussion and exercises for mapping and visualization.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A teenager from a big city gets an opportunity to experience a horseback riding camp as a junior counselor for the summer. He is especially grateful that he will not have to watch over his little brothers. During that summer Nick learns to love the horses and gains confidence as he finds out that he can handle most of the problems that he encounters at the camp. The story follows Nick's adventures, such as finding a lost camper, making friends with a girl, learning to ride Western style, and performing in a horse show. Some of the episodes seem contrived and problems are solved too easily. One incident in which a horse gets hit by a truck and has to be shot seems out of place for this type of book. The illustrations are nice but look dated. The story has some fun and interesting events, but it lacks overall tension. The subject matter may be of interest to reluctant readers. 2006 (orig. 2002), Pelican Publishing Company, Ages 8 to 12.
—Vicki Foote

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589803541
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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