When Colton’s mom tells him that they’re moving from Idaho Falls to northern California, Colt is sad, but he takes it like a man. At least he’ll have one friend to keep him company – Smoke, the twenty-pound black Maine coon cat that Colt’s dad gave him when he was little. With his dad gone most of the year riding bulls on the rodeo circuit, sometimes it feels like Smoke is their only connection. So when Smoke doesn’t come home after Colt lets him out in the middle of the night, nothing else in Colt’s world seems to matter anymore. But on the dark and stormy evening when Colt sets off alone to find his missing cat, he’s in for more danger than even the son of a fearless bull rider could have dreamed of.A captivating look at cowboys, courage, and community, this is a tender tale about family and friends pulling together, and what it really means to be a man.
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MAVIS JUKES has written numerous acclaimed books for children, including Blackberries in the Dark and Like Jake and Me, a Newbery Honor Book. She lives in Sonoma County, California.From Booklist:
Colt is mad. The 12-year-old idolizes his dad, a champion bull rider on the professional rodeo circuit, but has lived with his mom since his parents’ divorce. And now she’s up and dragged him away from Idaho Falls to a strange new home in northern California, where she rediscovers gourmet cooking and launches a friendship with their handsome neighbor, Angelo. And then wouldn’t you know it, Colt’s beloved pet cat, Smoke, goes missing, and the boy waits for a dangerously dark and stormy night to set off on a solo search. What next? Hint: things will get worse before they get better. Jukes, a Newbery Honor winner, has written a fitfully engaging but often predictable story about an appealing boy trying to come to grips with a new life. Yes, adult readers may find her tone a bit patronizing at times, but kids enamored with cats and cowboys probably won’t care about that. And did I mention there’s a ghost, too? Grades 4-6. --Michael Cart
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1 This book is brand new; never used or opened. No remainder marks. ; 0.8 x 8.4 x 5.6 Inches; 176 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 03UT12-232-014e
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 000-422: Hardcover with Dustjacket. 164 pages. No Defects. A New, Unread Book. A beautiful, square, tight copy with clean, unmarked pages. Tight hinges indicate book has never been opened. Perfect Gift Quality. Twelve-year-old Colton and his mother move to a Farm in California, away from his Grandfather and his Rodeo-champion father in Idaho. After his Cat goes missing, Colt feels even more lonely for his old life. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Stated First Edition, First Printing 2009. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Bookseller Inventory # 31320
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