CM . . .
. Volume XI Number 4 . . . . October 15, 2004
Sylvia Olsen paints a picture of Bobby as a responsible, hardworking boy. Readers will make an easy connection to him and will be hoping that there's some way this likeable character can enter the contest. With his uncle's help, Bobby gets his chance and, at the end of the day, his fish is closely matched to the catch of a sniveling rich kid. Predictably, Bobby wins the new bike, and this happening provides a satisfying resolution to the story.
Bobby's character is well developed for an easy reading novel. Readers get a sense of his connection to his family, the difficulties of being a championship marble player when competitors tend to shy away from his talent, and his changing emotions throughout the book. Bobby is a Tsartlip First Nations boy, and it is excellent to have this character profiled as the protagonist. Readers may raise their eyebrows at the word Indian used in the book as well as the mother-daughter fishing team who first visit the dock in their dresses and fancy shoes. However, when they realize the story is set in 1957, the context becomes clear. Recommended as a predictable "feel good" story for independent reading.
Julie Hunt is a teacher-librarian in West Vancouver, BC.
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