Jan Young, author of The Orange Slipknot, received a BA in Behavioral Science from Pacific University in Fresno, CA before going on to study writing with the Institute of Children’s Literature.
Experience and knowledge for her book came in part by living for many years with her husband and two sons in the ranching community in Humboldt County, Nevada. Now a remediation tutor and piano teacher in Winnemucca, Nevada. Jan enjoys working with children. Her love and understanding of horses are obvious when she and her husband provide horse clinics, lessons, and training.
Jan has many publishing credits for both fiction and nonfiction articles and short stories. This is her first novel.
In this sequel to Jan Young's coming-of-age story, The Orange Slipknot, 12-year-old Ben Lucas strives to balance his desire to gain his father's approval with his need to follow his own convictions. Ben finally has a colt to start and is learning a gentler way to do it. Can he buck out some colts to please his dad, whose ways with a horse are rough, or is he "man" enough to follow his own heart?
An innocent prank has serious consequences for twelve-year-old Ben who wants to show his cowboy father and the surly cow boss that he's ready to take more responsibility. Roping a ground squirrel was not the way to do it. Caught in the midst of their conflict, Ben comes to terms with his life. This book accurately portrays an American subculture: ranch life in the Great Basin of the United States.