Stay off Panther Peak.
When Tom and his family move to his grandfather's ranch, Grandpa warns Tom to stay away from Panther Peak, even though there hasn't been a panther in the area for decades. But when Tom sees a large, black creature in the mountains near their ranch, and something starts killing off their livestock, he has to wonder could Grandpa's tales about panthers be true?
One winter morning Tom sees a dark shape move silently through the fog, spooking the animals in the barn. Later that day Tom and his grandfather are home alone when a blizzard hits and Grandpa is injured in an accident. With the phone lines dead, Tom must take his horse and ride for help by himself through the panther's territory. Can he reach safety in time to save his grandfather before the panther strikes again?
|Product dimensions:||5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Tom is a boy who lives with his parents, sister, and grandfather on a farm in southwestern Oklahoma. He is bored with country life in the beginning due to just moving from a city, but his grandpa tells him of the nearby mountains and all there is to explore. Tom finds a friend named Justin who lives through the pass. Tom's grandpa warns him of Panther Peak and tells him to stay away from that area. Tom and Justin think the stories of panthers are not true and begin exploring in that area. One day while swimming Tom comes face to face with the panther and is frightened, but is not sure of what it was because he had never seen a panther before. During the winter neighbors and Tom's family begin losing livestock to the panther and the men go hunting it, but fail. One evening when Tom's sister is sick and is taken to the hospital the panther shows up while Tom and his grandpa are milking the cows. The panther runs away, but grandpa falls and breaks his hip and Tom must drag him to the house all the while a terrible snow storm is blowing through. Then Tom must ride to Justin's house to get help. The panther finds him and Justin is able to shoot the panther just before it attacks him. His father finds him passed out with the panther on top of him, dead.This was an exciting story and would be a great book for boys around 8-11 years old. It would be entertaining for a class of boys to read and since the setting is in Oklahoma, a geography lesson could be intertwined.
This book will be the best book you ever read! Its about a city boy who never heard about the country. He moves in with his grandpa. then a blizard hits and Tom's grandpa gets hurt. Read the book to find out more!