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Rescue Josh McGuire Paperback – September 30, 1993
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- Publisher : Hyperion Paperbacks for Children (September 30, 1993)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 266 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1562825232
- ISBN-13 : 978-1562825232
- Reading age : 10 - 14 years
- Lexile measure : 680L
- Grade level : 5 - 9
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.13 x 7.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #514,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When they get to the mountains, Josh quickly finds out that his journey has suddenly become a battle to survive --- hunting for food, looking for places to sleep, and trying to keep warm from the cold weather. When Mud Flap gets injured trying to save the cub from a black bear, Josh knows he needs to get help from someone.
Meanwhile, back in Bozeman, everybody finds out that Josh has run away with the cub and the police are searching everywhere. When people realize that the game officials still plan to kill the cub, everybody starts wanting the hunting laws changed, too. Will the laws get changed so that Josh can finally come home?
This book will have readers on the edge of their seat because it's fast, suspenseful, and exciting. I liked this book because it had animals in it. So if you like animals, and survival books that have a lot of action and adventure, then I think you will enjoy reading this book!
--- Reviewed by Ashley
This is a book that comes desperately close to greatness, but manages to shoot itself in the foot at every turn. Ben Mikaelsen has a message to impart, by god, and such things as plot and characterization will not get in his way. That way, of course, lies madness.
Josh McGuire's father, on a hunting trip, shoots a bear that turn out to be a nursing mother. Josh rescues the cub, and the two of them take it home, but his father informs him that when the authorities find out, they'll take it, and it will most likely end up either at the rendering plant or used for medical experimentation. Josh decides that the only way he can save the cub's life is to take it into the wilderness, and hide from society with it until it's full grown.
Obviously, there's a lot to work with here, even when you don't factor in the subplot having to do with Josh's dead brother and the way his brother's death affected the family. Unfortunately, however, the story never gets in the way of Mikaelsen's relentless activism. Mikaelsen is unwilling at any point to let his story, which is pretty unambiguous even without the preaching, get the point across; he has to stop at every juncture he can and lecture us, or have one of his characters lecture us, about the evils of the current bear-hunting laws. The only saving grace to this is that Mikaelsen did, at least, realize that if he was going to write a book, there would have to be at least a thin veneer of story, and that story is interesting enough when he allows it to unfold. If onoly there had been more of that and less lecturing. ** ½