BONES ON BLACK SPRUCE MOUNTAIN by David Budbill

BONES ON BLACK SPRUCE MOUNTAIN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

What we liked best about Budbill's sparkling-clear Snowshoe Trek to Otter River was his plain, undramatic honesty in recording the two boys' woodland experiences; in contrast, this further adventure of Seth and Daniel baits the trap with rumors of a turn-of-the-century runaway's bones and ghost, and ties this in with the adjustment problems of Daniel, who turns out here to have been adopted at eight after a psychologically scarring early childhood. Camping out on lonely Black Spruce Mountain, the boys discuss the rumored bones, then find them in a cave; Daniel, who has come to identify with the mistreated foster child of 75 years ago, insists on spending the night there, and after burying the bones and dreaming an obvious dream of reaching out, he's ready to go home. Quite a burden for a few days' camping trip--though Budbill still writes splendidly of the woods and woodsmanship.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1978
Publisher: Dial