Books Lyman Hafen Over the Joshua Slope

ISBN 13: 9780027411003

Over the Joshua Slope

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9780027411003: Over the Joshua Slope

Despite his deteriorating relationship with his father, twelve-year-old Brian Winsor helps two old cowboys take his father's cows and calves over the Joshua Slope to their summer pasture, always conscious of his father's critical presence.

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This modern-day western is as much about father-son relationships as it is about rounding up cattle. Brian Winsor, who spends two weeks of each year with his rancher father, is less than prepared to meet the challenge of helping to move three herds of cattle to their summer pasture after a leg injury prevents Mr. Winsor from riding a horse alongside his seasoned partners, Will and Malcolm. During the arduous journey over Joshua Slope, made up of several miles of desert, Brian finds the physical punishment--extreme heat, sore muscles and injuries sustained from falling off a spirited horse--more bearable than his inability to meet his father's high expectations. While Malcolm remains as critical of error as Mr. Winsor, kind-hearted Will takes the seventh grader under his wing and provides comfort by recounting stories of his own children's trips through the slopes. Gaining insight through campfire tales and the conversations of the three men, Brian develops confidence and rediscovers his father's love. While evoking both the danger and the beauty of nature, first-novelist Hafen, a cowboy and rodeo rider, produces a moving book about human strengths and frailties. Ages 9-13.
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From School Library Journal:

Grade 5-8-In this coming-of-age novel, Brian Winsor, 12, spends a week helping his father round up cattle in the hills of Nevada. His father needs the help because of a leg injury he suffered a few months earlier, which was partly Brian's fault. Since that accident, the man has been cold and strict with him. Brian also has to prove himself to two other cattle owners, both of whom are experienced outdoorsmen. Predictably, he gets lost the first day and thrown from his horse the second. With a bit of encouragement from one of the men, though, he begins to gain confidence and moves towards winning his father's approval. Although the descriptions of the roundup are interesting enough, there is not much excitement here. Brian never seems to be in any real danger, even when he spends the night lost and alone. The emotional impact of his relationship with his father is limited because the characters are never fully developed. The novel is well paced, and mildly absorbing, but Gary Paulsen's Haymeadow and Graham Salisbury's Blue Skin of the Sea (both Doubleday, 1992) explore similar themes and are far more memorable.
Steven Engelfried, West Lynn Library, OR
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Published by Simon & Schuster (Juv) (1994)
ISBN 10: 0027411001 ISBN 13: 9780027411003
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