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Cynthia DeFelice

Author of Wild Life

34 Works 3,803 Members 124 Reviews

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Works by Cynthia DeFelice

Wild Life (2011) 453 copies
The Ghost of Fossil Glen (1998) 449 copies
Weasel (1990) 399 copies
The Missing Manatee (2005) 268 copies
The Ghost and Mrs. Hobbs (2000) 237 copies
One Potato, Two Potato (2006) 179 copies
Nowhere to Call Home (1999) 168 copies
Lostman's River (1997) 163 copies
Under the Same Sky (2003) 155 copies
Devil's Bridge (1992) 152 copies
Signal (2009) 147 copies
The Ghost of Cutler Creek (2004) 119 copies
The Light on Hogback Hill (1992) 99 copies
Nelly May Has Her Say (2013) 76 copies


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This was great fun and a quick read. Quite the page turner! Caught my attention right away and kept it all the way through. This is an older book, but I think it would still appeal to the youth of today. I'll look for more of this author's titles.
njcur | 6 other reviews | Apr 11, 2023 |
In a weird tale where running away from home fixes all your conflicts because your grandparents are nice like that, this book's not bad. It's obviously a manipulation of grief on Erik's part some, and kind of questionable as he technically grave robs, along with stealing someone's dog, but it's not the most putrid thing I've read.

The conflicts however are resolved in mere hours of his life.

Conflict: Erik is sent off by his parents before he can hunt.
Resolve: He ends up in nowhere North Dakota, finds a dog, and by the next day he's gone off to hunt illegally.

Conflict: Erik doesn't like where he's sent, his grandparents are cold and grieving and their daughter, his mother, obviously left and didn't look back.
Resolve: He takes the new dog he's found and leaves.

Conflict: Erik's bad at shooting.
Resolve: He remembers the lessons and shoots good.

Conflict: He's hungry.
Resolve: He finds mouse-chewed candy bars, chips, and soda that likely have been left out for a year in an abandoned house.

These are just a hand full of examples, there's at least four more I can think of off the bat, one of which is this one. His grandfather is cold and closed up and callous, even abrasive towards him. Erik runs away. When he comes back, his grandfather has been "fixed". That's not me saying it, his grandmother straight up calls it that. Him running away "fixed" his grieving grandfather and inspires him to be a better man. It's very questionable and I'm not sure that's the right message to send.

Then there is the line it ends on.

"I guess there's a lot of things I used to do." He looked at Erik. "Maybe I just wanted a boy to do 'em with."

The reason he stopped doing everything was he grieved over his dead son. In ways this ending leaves me feeling he's vicariously getting his son back through his grandson wearing his son's clothes. While that can be taken sweetly, it could also be disturbing. Especially given the almost abusive nature he was displaying before.

Recommend it for a read, but not as a keeper.
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Yolken | 11 other reviews | Aug 5, 2022 |
This is categorized as a murder mystery, but it's a morality tale. A twelve-year-old argues with himself over whether or not to kill a man who murdered and seriously injured many others, and stole livestock and captured his maimed father. The pacing is strange. The structure is weird. The descriptions and dialogue are great, though. The audience for this...I don't know. I wouldn't know who to recommend this to.
iszevthere | 2 other reviews | Jun 20, 2022 |
This one wasn't half bad. It makes you see things from an unexpected point of view, and even though the events are unlikely, the book is still awesome. The title sounds like something out of an anime...
Absolution13 | Oct 6, 2020 |



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