But that was days ago and Jason Sharmon's father has not returned from his prospecting trip. Now fourteen-year-old Jason must battle the Ontario North-and his own fears-to find his dad. Encountering many obstacles along the way, Jason struggles to survive. But when he does stumble upon his father, he realizes things have gone from bad to worse. Is Jason strong enough to do what need to be done to save his sick and injured father from certain death?
|Publisher:||Black Opal Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.33(d)|
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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite At some point in everyone's lives there came that time when we stopped looking to our parents as our idols and role models and started letting our friends be the bigger influence. In His Father's Footsteps is a tale of just that time in a young boy's life. He has reached that age when the influences of school friends are making the life and lessons his father taught seem old-fashioned and out of date. As the story progresses and Jason is called upon to track his father and bring him home, the skills and lessons his father taught him become the things that he must rely on the most. Bev Irwin has a gift for twisting teenage angst and survival into a compelling adventure for children and teens of all ages. The story is so easy to relate to because, at least as adults, we all can remember a time when we felt the same way. Our friends were more important and more knowledgeable than our parents. Bev Irwin does a wonderful job of blending those feelings with the struggles to find his father and bring him home. In His Father's Footsteps is heartwarming to adults and a lesson to teens. This book could be read by either and enjoyed. The coming of age story, the unique setting and adventure make it captivating. It might not be all that long a book, but I still couldn't put it down until I had finished it all. I wanted to see where the story went and how the relationship between father and son finally turned out.
This is a coming of age tale for Jason who lives in a rural area, and his family lives off the land. His father is late coming back from prospecting for gold, so Jason takes it upon himself to find him. There are a number of outdoor activities that are bypassed or glossed over; however, this is not a survival or how-to book and the gruesome details, in some cases, are simply not needed for this sort of tale. The characters are authentically written, though we primarily stay with and see through the eyes of Jason. The writing is crisp, vivid, and delightfully descriptive. Overall, a fun read!