Fourteen-year-old John Barron is asked, like his father and grandfather before him, to spend the summer taking care of their sheep in the haymeadow. Six thousand sheep. John will be alone, except for two horses, four dogs, and all those sheep. John doesn't feel up to the task, but he hopes that if he can accomplish it, he will finally please his father. But John finds that the adage "things can happen to sheep" is true when the river floods, coyotes attack, and one dog's feet get cut. Through it all he must rely on his own resourcefulness, ingenuity, and talents to survive this summer in the haymeadow.
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Review: The HaymeadowUser Review - Laura - Goodreads
Another good read from Gary Paulsen. I always find myself wishing his stories were longer. Parent warning* brief mention of pornography, and backstory mentions suicide and homicide. Read full review
Review: The HaymeadowUser Review - Lucy Briggs - Goodreads
Always enjoy Paulsen's characters who have to rely on themselves to get through difficult situations. Sheep, definitely not as romantic as cattle, but I did learn something about the cleverness of dogs who herd. ;-) Read full review