Wallace, Brandon Wilder Boys, 230 pgs. Simon & Schuster (Aladdin), 2015. $16.99. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG.
Jake (13) and Tyler (11) have run away from home. Their mother has had an “accident” probably at the hands of her boyfriend Bull, and social services plans to leave the boys with him. Afraid of his violence, the brothers hit the road, crossing the country from Pennsylvania to Wyoming in search of their father, who is a naturalist and has found a remote home for his family somewhere near Grand Teton National Park. Can the boys find their long lost father before Bull catches up with them?
This survival story is fast moving and exciting, however, I find it hard to recommend as the boys make dangerous choices: accepting rides with strangers, hopping trains, backcountry hiking without proper supplies, running off alone. Still, your adventure lovers (Hatchet, Touching Spirit Bear) will find this a good read.
EL - OPTIONAL Lisa Librarian