Gr 7 Up Yet another tale of a boy becoming a man, this novel set in the late '40s follows Lee Oliver ``Overalls'' Rawls as he flees from the life of a street thief in California to that of rodeo cowboy in rural Montana. Lee endures fear, injuries from bucking broncs and rampaging Brahma bulls, romantic entanglements with a rodeo queen and a rodeo owner's daughter, a rivalry with that same owner's son, the obligatory fight with a bully and false accusations of being a thief. By book's end Lee has grown up, found true love, become a rodeo champion and looks forward to another rodeo season of more bruises and possible broken bones. Hyde bravely attempts to overcome the triteness of this stock plot and cast of characters by drawing upon his own experiences as a rodeo photographer, performer and competitor; this helps to give something of a gritty and realistic edge to the details of rodeo life and the characters that he has created. Unfortunately, this stylistic touch is unable to lift the story above the ordinary. David A. Lindsey, Lakewood School District Libraries, Wash.