With grim resolve, Buck sets out on a trek that will require resolve, knowledge, and ingenuity, a journey that will test his strength to the limit. He will be a participant in the elemental struggle for life and survival.
Buck's gruelling trial will also teach him surprising lessons about friendship and loyalty. If he is successful it will be a trek that leads not only back to his family and home but also to a maturity not always achieved in a full lifetime. ~
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His fiction is about life and the question of where we fit into an uncertain universe.
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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite Every day we are faced with life’s challenges. Regardless of our culture, adults are guardians over their children and what we instill in them does make a difference. So what happens when ten-year-old Buck Brown who, after spending a week with his grandparents in Wyndham on the Northwest coast of Australia, travels alone to his hometown of Corrigan and the plane crashes? There were several adults aboard, but he is the ‘sole survivor.’ Left of the Rising Sun by John Holland is a story of the journey that Buck experiences on his way home. Will anything that his parents taught him help him in his survival through stretches and stretches of land? Even though he is only ten years old, does he have enough wisdom and capacity to make the trek home while overcoming the weather, animals and locating the things necessary like food, shelter and water? Will he be able to survive? I found Left of the Rising Sun to be an interesting tale because it was from the Australian cultural perspective. I was intrigued by some of the different terms (billy and billabong) and animals (goanna) unknown to me that were interwoven into the story to create the environment along Buck’s journey. It helped me in several ways: 1) to expand my knowledge of things especially from cultures; 2) to garner a better understanding of what it would take to survive something similar if I am ever faced with this type of circumstance; and 3) if I carefully look around, a lot of my prayers are being answered - it’s just a matter of how I view it, especially during trials and tribulations. We never know when we leave to take a long or even a short trip where our lives might end up, whether we are traveling by car, truck, bus or plane ... nothing is certain. We must be grateful when we safely reach our destination. This is why knowledge is powerful, learning different ways of life is crucial, and cherishing everything around us is important.
John Holland really knows his topic and presents in a clear, straight-forward story that doesn’t get too bogged down in the details yet still manages to convey important life and survival lessons that every individual should know. Without some basic knowledge from his father and other adults in his life before the accident, Buck wouldn’t have stood a chance. Even with that knowledge, it requires the chance meeting with a stray aborigine to keep Buck alive a little longer. Left of the Rising Sun is an inspiring book about survival and man’s role as a part of nature written in concise language that a 10-year-old reader can easily appreciate. It provides a nice alternative to the often violent stories of superheroes and villains and keeps the reader moving through the hundreds of kilometers and 61 pages of Buck’s life-changing adventure. I posted more detail in my review on my blog, but overall I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
I enjoyed watching Buck, a really nice kid, grow through his experience. There's also a surprise character he meets along the way. Best of all, I learned so much about the "outback," though it's never referred to in that way. I had no idea all the ways one can survive in this wilderness until I read this well-crafted tale. It's not a long book, and an enjoyable quick read.