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Soames On The Range

by Nancy Belgue

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About the Author
Nancy Belgue is the author of several books for young people, including the popular Casey Little, Yo-Yo Queen. Her writing has appeared in magazines in both Canada and the United States. In addition to speaking to children as a visiting author, Nancy has worked as a literary/drama artist with the Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through The Arts program and has acted in television commercials, training videos and documentaries. She lives in Kingsville, Ontario.
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13 to 16
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8 to 11

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Soames on the Range

Cisco Soames feels as if his whole world is collapsing all around him when his father reveals to his family that he is gay, and that he is moving in with Ralph Brewster. Cisco knows that in their small town this news will spread quickly and will scandalize many of their neighbours, not to mention his schoolmates. He is already the target of the school bullies, and this will simply add fuel to their fire. Soon Cisco finds himself suspended from school and then, in a bizarre twist of fate, accused of hurting an elderly man whom he had been innocently trying to help. With things rapidly spiraling out of control, his parents decide to send him to stay with his uncle on his remote ranch in British Columbia. There, further misadventures await him!

Nancy Belgue's novel is certainly far from typical! Filled with quirky characters and out-of-the-ordinary events, the plot is anything but predictable. On the other hand, there are so many different (and somewhat outrageous) storylines that few, if any, are fully explored or satisfactorily resolved. However, readers can't help but sympathize with Cisco who just can't seem to cut any breaks. The author adeptly captures his feelings of betrayal and anger towards his father, and also the tremendous impact that this huge revelation has on Cisco's own sense of self as he struggles to even admit to himself his gnawing fear: if my father is gay, and I am so much like him, am I gay too? With humour and some eventual bursts of insight, Cisco navigates an exceedingly tumultuous course through adolescence.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2007. Vol.30 No.3.

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