Bits, feeling lonely since her family's move from Chicago to Wisconsin, befriends a stag she finds in the wood behind her house, and is horrified to learn that their friendship may mean the stag's death when hunting season starts.
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Grade 7-9-- Seventh grader Bits and her family move from Chicago to rural Wisconsin where she is lonely and bored. While wandering through the woods, she encounters a deer; over the course of several weeks the girl takes him food, and he begins to come in response to her call. Then to her horror, Bits finds out from her new friend, Chris, that hunting season is approaching and that by taming Buck she has put his life in danger. She accuses Chris of being a murderer for killing a rabbit and sets off on a desperate search for a way to keep the deer safe. True to the tradition of The Yearling (Scribners, 1938) and other coming-of-age novels that involve the death of a pet, Buck is wounded and Bits must make the decision to help him to die with less pain. She asks Chris to kill the animal for her; this act cements their growing friendship. This is a believable portrayal of the conflicts between a child who befriends a wild creature and those who hunt it. Because it does not preach or offer simple solutions, it is a good starting point for powerful discussions of this conflict. --Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
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Book Description Lothrop Lee & Shepard, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110688110576
Book Description Lothrop Lee & Shepard, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0688110576
Book Description Lothrop Lee & Shepard, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0688110576