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Fiction Ages 7-9
Pages: 64
Themes: friendship, courage, ranch life
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/05/2013
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In their fourth adventure together, Jake and his younger brother, Tommy, visit their grandparents' farm, Thunder Creek Ranch. When Jake spots a kid on the neighbor's farm, he goes over to investigate and meets Cory McNash, a city kid. Cory thinks he's tough and likes to brag. He offers Jake a ride on a quad bike, and Jake can't resist.

When Cory leaves a gate open and a young calf chases Tommy over the creek and into the woods, Jake and Cory follow on the quad. There's a storm coming, and they soon discover why the trickle of water in the creekbed is called Thunder Creek. The boys are stranded, and the tiny creek in now a raging torrent too dangerous to cross.

Resource Links - June 1, 2013
"Has characters that are believable and easy to relate to...This book would appeal to young readers who enjoy adventure and ranch life."
CM Magazine - April 5, 2013
"A well-written story divided into short chapters, each one brimming with excitement. Full-page illustrations done by Kasia Charko enhance the tale by highlighting both the action in the story as well as the rich and detailed landscape of the hilly farmland, raging creek, and dense forest...A fun, easy-to-read addition to Sonya Spreen Bates' series about the brothers Jake and Tommy. With constant action, interesting settings, and character relationships that are true to real life, this is a good choice for those looking for a realistic adventure story."

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Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2013 | Commended

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Ideal for independent reading and social responsibility programs

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