Books for Sad Days
For a young boy, summer means endless days spent with his best friend, Jamie, a bright and clever boy, full of life and mischief. If the two of them aren't picking blackberries, they're wrestling or skipping stones across a creek. Together, these two boys are in constant motion.
Out of a rare American tradition, sweet as hay, grounded in the gentle austerities of the Book of Shaker, and in the Universal countryman's acceptance of birth, death, and the hard work of wresting a life from the land comes this haunting novel of a Vermont farm boyhood.
Billy Colman roams the Ozarks of northeastern Oklahoma with his bluetick hound and his precious coonhound pup trying to "tree" the elusive raccoon. In time, the inseparable trio wins the coveted gold cup in the annual coon-hunt contest, captures the wily ghost coon, and bravely fights with a mountain lion.