Crossbow, by Dayle Campbell Gaetz


Crossbow; Orca Book Publishers, 2007

I felt light and free, like an escaped prisoner. Tonight, for the first time ever, I would sleep up here on my own. Just me and the wilderness. I wanted to bellow out in triumph, like a big old bull elk. But I had almost reached my cabin, so I loped along on silent feet. Like a creature of the wild, I approached my lair in silence. I showed down, advanced cautiously, stayed on high alert to keep my territory safe from predators.

Fourteen year old Matthew’s ambition in life is to be a hermit. He belongs in the wilderness where no one can talk behind his back. When he meets a real hermit, Matt looks up to him. But when neighboring houses are robbed Matt begins to wonder if his new friends is behind the robberies.

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