Boys attending an Arizona camp decide to save a herd of buffalo.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The book is typical, misfits and bedwetters, go to camp, get picked on, see Buffalo slaughtered, sneak out, try to let them go, then of course since the author wants to make SURE that we understand the viewpoint that Group A is bad and Group B is good, has one of the children shot while trying to free the buffalo. Yeah, thats worth skipping class for.
Buy this book if you want to become a misfit bedwetting animal activist.
The story concerns a group of misfit boys who have been dumped into a summer camp by largely unconcerned parents and who find themselves ostracized and reviled by both camp instructors and the other boys. Constantly berrated and harrassed, they are designated "The Bedwetters" and are relegated to the fringe of camp activities. During a field trip, the boys are taken to see a corralled herd of buffalo--and are horrified when the buffalo are slaughtered before them. They resolve to escape the camp overnight, return to the corral, and free the remaining buffalo before they too can be killed. As the story of their trip unfolds, the novel flashes back to revel the background of each of boy and describes how they evolved into the personalities they have become--and in a real sense, the adventure they undertake ultimately validates the worth of each, as the differences that the status quo perceives as weakness actually becomes the strengths that motivate and aid them on their journey. But their determination to free the buffalo will come at a terrific price, a higher price than any of them can imagine.
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The way Glendon Swarthout chose his words for each individual character made it seem like they were appropriate for the characters age. He didn't seem to put himself in the characters, it seemed realistic. I enjoyed the way Swarthout put flashbacks, a little more detail and thoughts in italics. I thought that was new.
The book didn't seem boring to me at all. I know how some books the tempo of the book goes up and down, up and down, but this book seemed to keep its rhythm. The way the kids worked together in the worst of times and how Cotton took the lead when the "bedwetters" were uneasy, was a great thing to see throughout the entire book. There were many lessons that you could learn from the "bedwetters". I really enjoyed this book and I would definately read it again.
This book is good for teenagers. I felt a connection to the characters becuase they were around my age and the things they did would seem like some of the things I would do if I was in that situation in that enviorment.