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Crossbow

by Dayle Campbell Gaetz

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Fourteen-year-old Matt has only one goal in life: to become a hermit. He has no use for school, but he loves the solitude of the forest. When he hikes up to the cabin he built for himself, he discovers a mysterious stranger named Forrest has moved in. At first Matt doesn't connect Forrest's appearance with the rash of local robberies. Forrest seems to be the perfect hermit, and he teaches Matt the skills he needs to achieve his goal, including how to hunt with a crossbow. But when Forrest tries to kill an endangered Roosevelt elk, Matt questions the ethics of his new friend. When Matt discovers a stolen rifle in his cabin, he finds himself trapped in a dangerous situation.

About the Author
Dayle Campbell Gaetz has worked as a creative-writing instructor, book editor and columnist but now devotes her time to her own writing. Gaetz is the author of over twenty books for young people and adults. Gaetz grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, and now lives in Campbell River. For more information, visit www.daylegaetz.com.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Editorial Review

"Crossbow is half nature survival story, half modern realistic suspense thriller, and an all-around good book."

— CM Magazine

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Crossbow

In this Orca Currents novel, the only place where Matt can escape the social and academic pressures of high school, and push away the memory of the accident that took the life of his grandmother and sent his dad to prison, was deep in the woods. He spent precious hours building a cabin, his solitary refuge, out of fallen logs left by the clear-cutting company that had gouged a hole in the face of the mountain that towered above the small town where he lived. One evening, in one of his frequent attempts to escape reality, Matt hiked into the woods, intending to spend the night alone in his cabin, and found that a rough, burly, homeless woodsman had made the cabin his home. Their initial confrontational encounter evolved into a friendship that both of them needed, and gave Matt the courage to let go of his anger and move beyond the past.

Gaetz has written many other novels for young people, including Spoiled Rotten and Sea Dog.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2008-2009.

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