Thursday, October 18, 2012

Heroes & Hounds

Bill Miller's Heroes & Hounds is a delightful story about a young girl who disregards local gossip about Strange Willie, a Viet Nam vet, and makes friends with him. A lost foxhunting hound, Hampton, also befriends the man, and they are all observed by a wild fox.

Carly lives with her grandfather on a Virginia farm while her parents serve in the military overseas. She finds adventure on her pony, Monroe, and on her bike with her classmate, Freddie. Her dream is to someday ride with the local hunt.

Carly and Strange Willie become heroes after Freddie becomes injured in the woods, and the rescue team follows Hampton who leads them to the boy.

I love how the story changes viewpoint from Carly, Grandfather, Willie and even the hound and fox. The transitions are done very well so it's easy to read and understand.

The additional bonus is the wonderful sketches by Mary Burkhardt that are sprinkled throughout the story.

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