The Maze Author:Will Hobbs Just fourteen, Rick Walder is alone, on the run, and desperate. Stowing away in the back of a truck, he suddenly finds himself at a dead end, out in the middle of nowhere. The Maze. In this surreal landscape of stark redrock spires and deep sandstone canyons, Rick stumbles into the remote camp of Lon Perigrino, a bird biologist who is realeasing... more » fledgling California condors back into the wild. Intriqued by the endangered condors and the strange bearded man dedicated to saving them, Rick decides to stay on. When two men with a vicious dog drive up in a battered old Humvee, Rick discovers that Lon and his birds are in grave danger. Will he be able to save them?
In a heart-stopping adventure infused with the spirit of the Icarus myth and a boy's dreams of flight, Will Hobbs brings readers a unique tale of identity, personal growth, and friendship.« less
A teen, on the run, finds himself in the camp of a naturalist who is reintroducing California Condors to the canyon country in Southwestern US.
A very good coming-of-age book. It reminded me of something read in another story...sometimes a person doesn't seem to fit into certain parts of society, no matter how hard he tries. Before society condemns that person, he should be given the oportunity to find his niche.
This is also a good adventure story. Readers will find themselves rooting for this young rebel as he finds himself in a life-or-death struggle to find his niche, and save the birds whom he has come to think of as family.