by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
* * * * * Stars (Amazing!)
Jody is the only child (though he had siblings born before him, none of them survived) of Penny Baxter, “sound as copper itself,” and Ory, his stern, yet loving mother. Free willed and full of the wild spirit yet willingness of young boy living in rural Florida in the late 1800s (around 1870). Jody, however, finds something is missing. He wants a companion to call his own, and takes after the wild animals, of which his mother will have none.
It takes a rattlesnake bite to bring the perfect gift into Jody’s arms – a tiny male fawn, a yearling… However, survival isn’t so easy in Florida these days, especially with a bear nicknamed Slewfoot, a group of rowdy neighbors, and the traditional Florida weather that keeps coming…
This book is another timeless classic, but still filled with action and well-rounded characters. Once the first page is turned, a reader will not be able to stop until the last page of this thrilling book. For middle and high school teens and adults.