Newbery Honor Book. If you like animal fiction, this book is for you!
This book is practically required reading for any child that goes through the school system in Edgerton, Wi where the author is from and where this book is set! (Brailsford Junction is the made up town name)
a Newbery honor book - enjoyable!
A boy and a rocoon share friendship and adventures.
While the author as a boy struggled with changes and problems in his life he had a wonderful, if hard to cope with, friend - his raccoon Rascal.
At Camp Sequoyah, a couple of different years, cabin counselors read this book to us at night before we slept (by kerosene lamp, naturally). But between other things interfering, and frequently going on overnight camping trips away from the cabin, and the real shortness of a summer, I never heard the whole book.
So this book was a nostalgic closure on a sense of longing the memory of the boy and the raccoon have held on me for 30 years.
While the book isn't as evocative as I remembered (as a child, the narrative of the first hearing of a whippoorwill was full and sweet. the soliloquy on his father's gift of long life, and his mother's which was less than half, which made me ponder for many days, stretching into years, is basically one line and so doesn't actually exist), it still captures a part of childhood and a bit of magic wonderfully. And Rascal is really irresistible.
"Everyone should knock off work, sit beneath the nearest tree, and enjoy Rascal from cover to cover."-Chicago Tribune
Book is illustrated.
Written by Sterling North
Skunks, woodchucks, a crow named Poe, an absentminded father, and an 18-foot, half-finished canoe filling the livingroom-welcome to the North home! Rascal is only a baby when Sterling brings him home to join the menagerie. But soon the mischievous racoon is ready to join Sterling win swimming, fishing, and camping excursions. They're partners and best friends for a perfect year of adventure-until the spring day when suddenly everything changes.
This is a very good book for a middle schooler.
If your school does Accelerated Reading, this book is AR. It was pretty good, but I liked North's "the wolfling" better.
What a great book. It was the genesis for my own desire to have a pet racoon as a child.
This classic tale of an unforgettable friendship is a famous Newberry Honor Book. "Everyone should knock off work, sit beneath the nearest tree, and enjoy Rascal from cover to cover" -Chicago Tribune