SHOWDOWN by T. Morris Longstreth


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Basketball and adventure set in northern Canada in this implausible yarn about an airplane accident, camping out, and Indians. Nicky Rowel, seventeen-year-old Canadian high-schooler hopes to have a career in natural history and nature study, but fights to be placed on the varsity basketball team so that he may take the plane trip with the team to northern Canada to play a game. However, although he is not included and is forbidden by his parents to go, Nicky hides as a stowaway, and is able to rescue most of the boys when the plane crashes. His knowledge of nature aids the boys and sick pilot in living in the wilderness and some diplomacy when a criminal Indian kidnaps one of the boys. An agreeable enough tale, although the Indians are portrayed as unusually simple-minded, and the boys' white supremacy attitude is unpleasantly Blimpian.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1950
Publisher: Macmillan