Brian paused. Something made him reach out and take a broadhead out of the quiver and lay it across the bow, even though the moment without paddling cost him his forward motion. He thought, This is silly, I'm being a worrywart, but positioned the bow close to him just the same.
Then dug with the paddle again, pulling hard for the island, the dog whimpering and growling.
Gary Paulson is one of the rare authors who can truly write for boys. This is an excellent adventure in the great outdoors. This is a companion to his book Hatchet.