I am a senior citizen and have been an avid reader all my life. This is one of my top 10 all time favorites. The message is as currant today as it was in 1970 when Glendon Swarthout wrote it.
Has an great intro by Miles Swarthout.
Thirty years have past since I first read this book. I still remember it. That alone should tell you how much impact a book can have. This is a must read book for all young adults. One of those special books that you must read before you die.
This is a hardback book. The nail biters, thumb suckers and teeth grinders at the Box Canyon Boys Camp were called the Bedwetters. They were the castaway offspring of parents who were busy traveling, being divorced, remarrying, and garnering fortunes. they were rejects...
Until Cooton pulled them together and led them on that fantastic mission to strike one final blow in the desperated battle to save themselves.
This haunting novel is eloquent testimony that all lost children do not come from ghettoes. Cruel in its clarity and touching in its portrayal of the inner and outer realities of adolescence. Bless the Beasts and Children is a profoundly moving book.
My son read this book years ago and just loved it. It is funny and your child will learn from it too-mine did.
From Library Journal-
"Moving, tragic, and sociologically potent...Many similarities to Lord of the Flies and A Serarate Peace come to mind."