A rivalry, a rescue
Big-mouth Elliott, who has recently arrived from a city up north, considers Ben a "backwoods boy" and looks down his nose at folks in their rural Florida town. To make matters worse, Elliott is the one who gets the dog that Ben's neighbor puts up for adoption -- the one Ben had his heart set on. In spite of being jealous and resentful, Ben can't stop himself from trying to win Elliott's approval, and he does something very stupid, very dangerous, on a bone-dry Fourth of July evening, when fireworks have been banned because of the fire risk.
Illustrated with vivid wash-and-line drawings, this dramatic small-town story builds to a gripping conclusion as a boy races against time to make up for his own big mistake.
About the Author
Elizabeth Starr Hill is the author of many books for young readers, including "Chang and the Bamboo Flute," an NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. She lives in Winter Park, Florida.
Rob Shepperson is a popular editorial artist for many newspapers and magazines. He lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
"This short chapter book is an attractive choice for young readers." -- Booklist
"The straightforward prose maintains a healthy vigor, peppering the narrative with believable dialogue and apt, occasionally fresh descriptions. A sure sell to readers just beginning to embark on longer literary adventures." -- The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
"Satisfying." -- The Horn Book Magazine