Fourteen-year-old John Barron is asked, like his father and grandfather before him, to spend the summer taking care of their sheep in the haymeadow. Six thousand sheep. John will be alone, except for two horses, four dogs, and all those sheep.
John doesn't feel up to the task, but he hopes that if he can accomplish it, he will finally please his father. But John finds that the adage "things just to sheep" is true when the river floods, coyotes attack, and one dog's feet get cut. Through it all he must rely on his own resourcefulness, ingenuity, and talents to survive this summer in the haymeadow.
"...another fine adventure from Paulsen, who deftly blends an action-packed plot and a likable character..."-Booklist
"The action is nonstop...will have readers plunging over each cliffhanger into the next crisis until they finish the book." --The Bulletin, Recommended
WINNER 1992 - Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award
WINNER 1994 - Texas Lonestar Reading List
WINNER 1994 - Kansas William Allen White Children's Book Award
WINNER 1995 - Kentucky Bluegrass Award
WINNER 1993 - Maine Student Book Award
GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, His most recent books are Masters of Disaster, Lawn Boy Returns, Woods Runner, Notes from the Dog, Mudshark, Lawn Boy, Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day, The Time Hackers, and The Amazing Life of Birds (The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech).