Walker's Crossing

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (5.03 hours)
Product Number: Z100010400
Released: Oct 27, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307582690
Narrator/s: Tom Wopat
Publisher: Listening Library
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Description

Ryan Walker has always known what he wants to be-a cowboy, like his father was before being injured in a riding accident. But when Ryan's older brother, Gil, becomes a member of the Mountain Patriots Association, a militia group that wants to keep Wyoming free from immigrants, minorities, and government interference, Ryan finds himself questioning things he's taken for granted all his life. As tensions in the community build to inevitable violence, Ryan is torn between his love for the world in which he grew up and his sense of fairness and decency. How can he stand up for what is right when he's not sure what that is? From the Compact Disc edition.

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Original Publish Date: Oct 27, 2009

Professional reviews

"Ryan, a tall, reed-thin seventh grader, wants only to be a cowboy working on the ranch where he and his family live and where he spends all of his spare time helping out with whatever chores need doing. His older brother Gil, his mother's favorite, hates ranching but is unable to find his niche until he joins the Mountain Patriots Association, a local militia group that spews hate messages about the government, immigrants, and non-whites. Ryan spends the school year in conflict about whom to believe, Gil or the others in his community who see things differently. Naylor's message is not subtle, and listeners might wince at the blunt racial, religious, and ethnic slurs. Tom Wopat delivers an appropriately understated performance, which accurately conveys the pain caused by bigotry and narrow- mindedness. While each character's voice is unique, they all have the authentic twang and cadence one expects of Wyoming. S.S.R. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"

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