In this coming-of-age novel set in 1944, Ian McKenzie is a bright 15-year-old street kid who's been sent to a Washington State summer camp to be straightened out. Andy Ackerman, the counselor assigned to the camp's charity cases, is a young man fresh from the war in the Pacific, tough, angry, but understanding. Through Ackerman's tough love and the sharing of a strenuous task, Ian gains pride and a sense of honor. It is Ackerman's tragedy that forms the cornerstone of McKenzie's life and makes this novel something truly special and moving.
©1998 Randall Beth Platt; (P)2009 Books In Motion