BOOK REVIEW: BLUE SPRINGS
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Happy Birthday Charlie Nash! It is Charlie's 11th birthday. Charlie left school early on the morning of his 11th birthday looking forward to the best birthday ever. A hunting trip with his Dad and his dog, Taffy, was an event that Charlie had been looking forward to in the hope that this trip would be an event to remember. It is an event to remember but not as a fond memory. Charlie's dad is a substance abuser and his son's birthday doesn't stop his drinking. He can't control it even for his son's birthday.
The only bright spot in the excursion is Charlie's dog Taffy. Taffy is an excellent dog in the field and Charlie is proud of her. The trip home from the hunting cabin is a nightmare for Charlie. Charlie's memories of the trip home result in his decision to run away from home. Charlie makes his plan and packs his few treasures including a coin collection given to him by his uncle. His big mistake is showing his collection to a dealer. The dealer realizes the value of the collection even though Charlie doesn't.
Two separate men are chasing Charlie although Charlie is unaware of the fact that he is being pursued or that he has anything of value with him that someone might want.
Charlie and Taffy have some narrow escapes but Charlie has made a new friend in Quill. Without Quill Charlie and Taffy would not have survived. Quill is on his way home to Blue Springs, South Dakota to try and seek forgiveness from his family for something that happened in the past. Quill takes Charlie under his wing and takes him to meet his family.
Quill and Charlie have quite an adventure. Taffy is smart and faithful dog and Charlie is lucky to have her.
Blue Springs is a good story with some happy thoughts and sad thoughts and some very terrifying moments. A good read.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID
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