Hunter’s Choice

Norton. Mar. 2021. 176p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781324011378.
Gr 5-7–Turning 12 is a big deal in the Higgins family, because it means Hunter can be part of hunting expeditions. The sixth grader, who is white, is ready—he’s taken the safety courses, learned the skills, and has had plenty of target practice—but he’s not sure if he’ll be able to actually shoot a living deer. Reedy lightly explores topics like mental health and gender dynamics, but the character development remains secondary to the plot.
VERDICT Recommended for fans of hunting adventure stories or others looking for a plot-driven middle grade book with a modern rural setting. Not a first purchase.

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