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Publisher's Summary

Fourteen-year-old John Barron is asked, like his father and grandfather before him, to spend the summer taking care of their sheep in the haymeadow. Six thousand sheep. John will be alone, except for two horses, four dogs, and all those sheep.

John doesn't feel up to the task, but he hopes that if he can accomplish it, he will finally please his father. But John finds that the adage "things just to sheep" is true when the river floods, coyotes attack, and one dog's feet get cut. Through it all he must rely on his own resourcefulness, ingenuity, and talents to survive this summer in the haymeadow.

©1992 Gary Paulsen (P)1999 Dell Audio

What the critics say

"...another fine adventure from Paulsen, who deftly blends an action-packed plot and a likable character..." (Booklist)

"The action is nonstop...will have readers plunging over each cliffhanger into the next crisis until they finish the book." (The Bulletin, recommended)

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Music was a bit obnoxious

Liked the story was great softer music would have been great. Book was interesting and fun

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  • Devan Watts
  • 2019-11-14

childhood memories .

I love this book. My brother and i use to listen to it as kids.

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  • Matthew
  • 2021-01-11

Music in book

The book was good. The musical accompaniment was terrible, and at times made it difficult to hear the reading.

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  • Horizon
  • 2020-08-13

Great story but ...

The narrator often reduced his voice to a near whisper. Impossible for me to hear with road noise in my car.

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  • David B
  • 2021-08-30

Hard to hear

Narrator talks too quiet, and too LOUD. if you want hearing loss it's a great book. I do not recommend it's a waste of money because of the narrator

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-07-24

A short fantastic survival story!

I loved the story and the narrator was wonderful! However, whoever produced or edited this book seriously hindered it by overlaying loud music that drowned out the narrator. I could still hear him but I had to turn up the volume quite a bit in the car.

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  • Stehpanie Greydanus
  • 2021-03-17

Love the story.

To much music! I enjoyed the story, great story.
Love the narrator but the music was a bit much for me.