Tyson is determined to hunt an elk — even if it means sneaking his grandpa out of a nursing home — in a debut novel sparked with dry wit and wilderness adventure.
Thirteen-year-old Tyson loves hanging out with his roughneck Grandpa Gene, who’s a lot more fun than Tyson’s ex–best friend, Brighton. These days, Bright just wants to be seen with the cool jocks who make fun of Tyson’s Taylor Swift obsession and dorky ways. So when Grandpa Gene has to move to a nursing home that can manage his kidney disease, Tyson feels like he’s losing his only friend. Not only that, but Tyson was counting on Grandpa Gene to take him on his first big hunt. So in defiance of Mom and Dad’s strict orders, and despite reports of a scary, stalking, man-eating grizzly named Sandy, the two sneak off to the Grand Tetons. Yes, there will be action, like shooting and dressing a six-hundred-pound elk. Is Tyson tough enough? There will be heart-pounding suspense: is Grandpa Gene too sick to handle the hunt, miles away from help? And, oh yes, there will be bears. . . .
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||10 Years|
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Kids are incredibly intuitive. Though adults try to shield them, and rightly so, from adult worries, kids know when something is wrong. When they are little, kids trust their adults, partly because they have no choice. But as those kids begin to transition into adulthood, they lose patience for the constant “protection.” Gebhart captures this period in every new teen’s life with the kind of painful realism that took me back to my own early years. We see Tyson’s anger at being “lied” to, his fear of what might be wrong, and the responsibility that comes with learning the truth. Tyson is both overwhelmed and capable, and that’s pretty much what thirteen felt like for me, too. As an older sister, I also appreciated how Gebhart portrayed the dynamic between Tyson and his sister Ashely. Being a sibling has two parts: the part where you feel like your sister is hardly related and maybe actually out to get you, and the part where you realize she might not be so bad and that you have each other’s back, no matter what. I will never believe him if Gebhart tries to tell me he’s an only child. I was nervous about getting to the hunting scenes because as the description notes, there will be “shooting and dressing a six-hundred-pound elk.” But those scenes ended up being some of the most beautiful in the novel as we ride horses through the Grand Tetons, spy the elk, and experience the range of Tyson’s emotions as he takes his first buck. And then, of course, there is the bear. The thing about bears is they rarely come from where you expect them to, and usually we’re lucky if it’s only a fur-covered behemoth in the woods and not something really scary like the fear of losing someone we love. Tyson faces both and survives, not because he’s courageous (though there is courage) but because he has a good heart, and that will carry him through no matter what comes.
This dook is the best book i have every reaad the frist 6 pages
This book has such a fantastic voice--full of humor, but also true to the struggles kids like Tyson face as they moves between the worlds of childhood and adulthood. There's also plenty of action, as Tyson and his BFF (who also happens to be his grandfather) undertake a secret hunting trip into the territory of a ferocious grizzly bear. I loved their relationship, Tyson's witty comments throughout, and his insistence on the awesomeness of Taylor Swift, even as it became uncool for him to like her publicly. This is a terrific debut novel that boys and girls would enjoy equally.