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The Loner by Ester Wier
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The Loner

by Ester Wier

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Slow, steady book about what it means to rely on others, to love and be loved. Might be a bit boring for the modern child, but worth reading. There is adventure and danger and character growth. Advice: Death is a theme in the book. Animals die in a snow-storm. A side-character dies by being caught in an agricultural machine. While the scene is not graphic, it is clear what happens. Another character is dead before the story opens and that event ways on the main character. Parents should be prepared to read this with children and answer questions about death. ( )
  empress8411 | Aug 7, 2018 |
This story is about a young boy who does not know where he came from. He wanders around from farm to farm picking fruit in order to survive. This story is a heartwarming tale and it is extremely dynamic. There were quite a few characters that you only got to meet for a short time, but in this story it seemed that every character was important. Eventually the orphan boy finds a family in Montana that he can call his own. This book is slightly predictable, but I did enjoy the story line. ( )
  Kaitlin_villoutreix | Nov 14, 2017 |
An orphan boy who has learned to rely only on himself and lives day to day traveling west and working here and there on fruit farms somehow finds himself on a sheep farm in Montana and stumbles into a family to call his own.
A nice little story, if totally predictable. Plus: enter bear stage left. Another plus: sheepherding dogs. ( )
1 vote electrascaife | Oct 19, 2017 |
The boy with no name doesn't remember his past; all he knows is that he has to survive, and that means picking fruit on various farms across the southwest. Staying with anyone who'll take him, he gives up all his wages for food and a place to sleep. Then he finds a loving home and realizes he is no longer a loner. A 1964 Newbery Honor book.
  FriendsLibraryFL | Sep 6, 2014 |
I'm enjoying July YA reading and all the Newbery award winning books I've read. This one is short and sappy and...wonderful!

Winner of the 1963 Newbery honor, this small book is heart warming and poignant. Homeless, nameless, young and stubborn, the character has no knowledge of a family. He simply remembers fending for himself for a long, long time. With no history of anyone to assist him, he struggles to survive and he does so barely, by eking out a bare subsistence living traveling as a migrant worker.

En route to California where he believes more opportunity may await, emaciated, starving and ill, he is found in the Montana wilderness by a tough woman who tends a large flock of sheep. Taking him in, she gives poetically gives him the name of David, the shepherd who valiantly fought the lion to guard his sheep.

This is an amazing tale of strength, courage and fortitude. It is a tale of building walls to protect. It is a story of a young boy who is afraid to trust and love and a woman who has suffered loss and likewise fears vulnerability.

Recommended. ( )
5 vote Whisper1 | Jul 24, 2011 |
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A lonely boy who has no home and works as a migrant laborer makes friends with a sheep-raising family.

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