Books by Patti Sherlock

Released: May 1, 2004

Mark, 12, wants his brother to be safe in Vietnam, so when the news comes that big dogs could save lives, he considers sending his lovable Wolfie away. Misplaced guilt, pride, and bids for attention from parents and a cute girl motivate this semi-heartfelt sacrifice. How could his pro-military father be wrong? Mark's factual sources are limited: his history teacher, who is usually helpful, is silenced by the school administration. A new voice comes in the form of letters from Wolfie's handler, who chronicles the dog's experiences. The Army's treatment of dogs is not completely humane, so Mark tries to pressure Wolfie's early release by organizing a parade, appearing on radio and TV, and encouraging his legislative representatives to help. Weak, unflattering, pro-war characters and strong, charming, anti-war characters guide Mark's actions. The '60s are back, with Mark in the middle of political mumbo jumbo and societal confusion mirrored in his nation, community, school, and family, but Sherlock skillfully navigates Mark through that turbulence, so his clear teenage voice deepens as his opinions and plan of action change. Politically correct for today. (Fiction 9-11)Read full book review >
FOUR OF A KIND by Patti Sherlock
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

It's a dream come true when Andy's irascible Grandpa allows him to buy a neighbor's twin Percherons. Suddenly, what looked like a dull summer becomes a busy one; Andy must not only raise the money to pay for the huge horses but also, with an eye toward the Eastern Idaho State Fair Pulling Contest, train them to work together. Under Grandpa's exacting tutelage, Andy learns to use them as a team, hauling feed, logs, and even—when a friend is injured in an accident—an immense rock. As in all good horse stories, the animals take center stage here, exhibiting strong, distinct personalities. Though the author doesn't spare much sympathy for Andy's separated parents, she allows the (virtually all-male) human cast some personal concerns, too. Andy gets to the fair, and his horses not only win the pulling contest but—in a dramatic finale—they pull a record-breaking load. Simple and satisfying. (Fiction. 10-13) Read full book review >