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What people are saying about The Orange Slipknot, 2008 bronze medal winner of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards


A book for ranch kids - and kids who wonder what it's like…For a true-to-life, gritty depiction of living on a ranch, The Orange Slipknot lassos its target audience - children passionate about country life.” — Melissa Davlin, Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho


Jan Young drops us into the action pretty quickly in this, her first novel. Hooves are flying, fences are breaking, and the herd’s scattering, and when the dust settles somebody’s gotta pay.…

Young takes a super story and gives us the behind the scene action so we can feel like we’re right there riding with Ben. Realizing not everyone has a cowboy for a dad or lives in the Great Basin area she’s added a glossary of terms that she uses in the book so we can “cowboy up” and learn the lingo.” — Donna Coomer, Between the Lines Reviews


This gripping coming-of-age story combines vibrant local color with a backdrop of timeless and universal themes. The young adults I teach will be sure to enjoy this book—a good read that carries a punch. Jeffrey D. Wilhelm Ph.D. Professor of English Education and Director of Boise State Writing Project


This is an exciting story of cattle ranching in the Great Basin of western United States. Here, modern ranching techniques and practices mix with old Spanish vaquero tradition.… Author Jan Young fills her story with details of ranching life: ... four-wheelers, horses, rifles, and wildlife. With a fourteen page glossary of “Ranching Terms & Cowboy Slang” and a comprehensive study guide, the book could be a useful tool for classroom instruction.” Larry Neitzert, Reviewer, ForeWord Magazine

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