A boy and girl are stripped and marooned on an island for the night. They are 'the goats'. The kids at the camp think it is a great joke, but the goats don't see it that way. They want to disappear, to disappear completely. And they do, much to everyone's surprise. 'a tale of underdogs triumphant, a powerful and beguiling story of survival and ...
A boy and girl are stripped and marooned on an island for the night. They are 'the goats'. The kids at the camp think it is a great joke, but the goats don't see it that way. They want to disappear, to disappear completely. And they do, much to everyone's surprise. 'a tale of underdogs triumphant, a powerful and beguiling story of survival and transformation' Kirkus Review 'suspense quivers throughout the story' Booklist 'an extraordinary first novel' The Horn Book
New. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 184 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: Children/juvenile; Young adult. New PB unread w/dot top page edge. A boy and a girl are stripped and marooned on a small island for the night. They are the goats. The kids at camp think it s a great joke, just a harmless old tradition. But the goats don t see it that way. Instead of trying to get back to camp, they decide to call home. But no one can come and get them. So they re on their own, wandering through a small town trying to find clothing, food, and shelter, all while avoiding suspicious adults especially the police. The boy and the girl find they rather like life on their own. If their parents ever do show up to rescue them, the boy and the girl might be long gone.
Publishers Weekly, 1992-08-03 One of the publisher's first titles in its new line of teen fiction is this widely praised, thought-provoking novel about two children who find inner strength under stressful circumstances. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)
Publishers Weekly, 1987-09-11 A boy and the girl have been chosen as ``the goats'' at summer camp. Stripped naked, they are marooned on Goat Island, as part of an annual prank played on campers who don't fit in. But the goats have much more spirit than their fellow campers expect, and they decide to disappear completelythey aren't going to go back to camp unless they absolutely have to. On the run, Howie and Laura meet many different peoplesome who help them, others who try to stop thembut they soon learn how very strong they are themselves, and they come to depend on their own resourcefulness and cunning to evade those who are trying to find them. But Howie and Laura know that they must, at some point, face the world they've left behind. Cole has written and illustrated many picture books (The Winter Wren, The Giant's Toe), but this is his first work for older readers. Written with the mastery and sureness of a seasoned novelist, it is a gripping, startling and thought-provoking story about children who find inner strength when they are pushed to the edge. Ages 8-12. (September) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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