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It's a rough, tough but family-centered world that Nate experiences in 1880s Montana. Living with his grandfather, parents, a 12 year-old sister and little brother, Nate at 10 years old would absolutely love to own a dog. But his Pa definitely has some secret reason for absolutely forbidding Nate to even consider owning one, that is until they find a young, hurt pup while on a cattle round-up overnight trip.
Nate believes that God will take care of it all but the day-by-day progress of controlling and training "One-Eyed Jack" is full of funny, adventurous, and scary moments as Jack proceeds to do what all young pups do as they grow in size and curiosity.
The story behind Pa's dislike of dogs will hit you in the gut and make you definitely understand his attitude, but the life or death scene that will change this is well worth the wait for Nate as well as the reader.
To say more would give away the story. It is enough to say that this is a great books for boys and girls. It's got plenty of dangerous scenes to fire up interest and keep it, and it's about a faith that is so real it's important without being gawky.
It also has some very cool scenes about what it was to truly live as cattle farmers and hunters in the 1800s.
Definitely worth reading! Nice job, Paula Miller!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on July 4, 2007