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The haymeadow

by Paulsen, Gary.

Format: Print Book 1994
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Juv Fiction PB J F PAU
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
Collection  Juv Fiction
Call Number  PB J F PAU
Oakmont Carnegie Library Juvenile Fiction J PA
Location  Oakmont Carnegie Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J PA
Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Fiction j PAU
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  j PAU
Fourteen-year-old John Barron is asked, like his father and grandfather before him, to spend the summer taking care of their sheep in the haymeadow. Six thousand sheep. John will be alone, except for two horses, four dogs, and all those sheep.

John doesn't feel up to the task, but he hopes that if he can accomplish it, he will finally please his father. But John finds that the adage "things just to sheep" is true when the river floods, coyotes attack, and one dog's feet get cut. Through it all he must rely on his own resourcefulness, ingenuity, and talents to survive this summer in the haymeadow.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6-9. Here's another fine adventure from Paulsen, who deftly blends an action-packed plot and a likable character into an easy-to-read novel even reluctant readers are sure to enjoy. Fourteen-year-old John Barron must take 9,000 sheep up to the haymeadow, their summer pasture, where he's to guard them by himself for three months. Though John isn't sure he can handle the job, he feels he has no choice; his father, who made the trip at the age of 15, must remain in town, and the hired man must tend the rest of the ranch. John also knows that his great-grandfather was only 18 when he claimed the vast Barron spread. Never close to his private, uncommunicative father, John hopes to earn his dad's approval by doing the job well. The trip to the haymeadow is uneventful, but once there, John contends with a flash flood, coyotes, snake-bitten lambs, and a bear. After six weeks, he has learned much about survival, protecting the herd, and his own abilities. In a satisfying conclusion, his father arrives and decides to stay for the remaining weeks, closing the gap between father and son. ~--Chris Sherman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "PW praised the ``taut scenes of physical drama and suspense'' in the Newbery Honor author's tale of a boy who, on his own in a high-country meadow, cares for several thousand sheep one summer. Ages 10-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Ranch life -- Juvenile fiction.
Sheep -- Juvenile fiction.
Self-reliance -- Juvenile fiction.
Wyoming -- Juvenile fiction.
Publisher New York, New York :Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers,1994
Contributors Paulsen, Ruth Wright.
Language English
Notes "A Yearling book."
Reprint: Originally published: New York, N.Y. : Delacorte Press, c1992.
Description 195 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
ISBN 0440409233 (pbk.)
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