Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tyler Hill's Decision by Dannie C Hill

Never go camping with friends and let one of them coat the bottom of your sleeping bag with peanut butter.  It attracts bears...

This book is published by Small Mountain Publishing, and Mr. Hill sent me a copy for review (thank you).  The book is available on Amazon.

This is an adventure story that also addresses the issue of young man's heritage.  Tyler is a mix of several races and can't decide which box to check in the list of races. (I wish they just had one for "American", it'd be easier.)

The bear races away with Tyler's sleeping bag and Tyler.  He has no idea where he is in the mountains, the two bears still want to eat him for lunch, he has no supplies, and he's not sure which direction to head to get help.

He manages to find a few things to eat and eventually gets away from the bears, but his trip would have been much harder if hadn't met an old Cherokee man who helps him.  He actually helps him with both his goals even if Tyler doesn't realize it at the time.

This is a coming of age story with Indian folklore and some history about the different races we have in the states.  I found it interesting and entertaining.  Many of the outdoor hints shared in this story I had used while backpacking, so there are good valid woodmanship skills offered here.

Why not get a copy for your young adult and let him follow along on Tyler's adventures?

Happy reading.

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