Lazelle, a black fourteen year-old, loves/hates the boot camp program that transports him from the streets of Detroit to the mountains in Wyoming. If he can get his grades up, there’s a scholarship waiting to play basketball for a suburban high school and after that, perhaps, college. Mackenzie (a suburbanite forced by her upscale parents to experience work-life at the camp) and Creed (facing a jail-or-camp alternative) find that survival skills from one environment can work in another.
Suspicious, contemptuous, even frightened of each other at first, the three teens face the challenge of getting beyond initial impressions as they deal with the rigors of living in the Wind River Range, 7000 feet above sea level near the Continental Divide. Attacks by mountain sheep and bears, forest fires, a missing ram’s skull and a scientist who studies grizzly scat…there’s a lot to discover in this new and dangerous environment. If he can adapt here, learn new rules―Mountain Rules―maybe Lazelle can grow past the comfort and familiarity of the world he grew up in.
This is the last book in a long series stretching back through Wa-Tonka, Camp Cowboys, Saving for Trace, Riding the Waves, Zan (a free book), Can Do, Zan; and A Horse in My Kitchen. Read them all.
Copyright 2010 Joe Novara
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