Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Going Where It’s Dark, 321 pgs. Delacorte Press, 2016. $16.99. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence PG.
Buck Anderson is weeks away from finishing 7th grade and looking forward to a summer away from bullies and the discomfort of school where his stuttering makes him a target and self-conscious. Buck’s best friend, who seemed to understand his stuttering problem and shared his love of caving, has moved. Summer becomes less than ideal when Buck has to do odd jobs for a crabby old man and his grandfather’s lumberyard is being stolen from.
The title has several meanings and Naylor spins a great story. When Buck is squirming through a tight spot in a cave my claustrophobia kicked into high gear. Buck’s problems seem very real and not contrived and his stuttering problem shows that there are no easy answers and makes him a relatable character.
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