The outdoors are such a large part of the lives of boys and girls that all will thrill to this excellent collection of sounds, character-building stories which we are proud to add to the Teen-Age Library. Young readers will hear the wind howling through the North Woods, feel the hot sun of the South Seas, range over the land and water, enjoying the fun of working and playing with friends in the world outside.
In “Boiled Alive,” Gordon Rogers injects some high comedy into a crabbing expedition. Walter Havighurst’s “Kiona” tells the story of a man who stumbled across a white girl among the Indians and how he unlocked the dark recesses of her memory to discover her origin. Who hasn’t suffered the tortures of being parted from his best friend? Louis Paul tells how Willy and Geepy faced this awful necessity in “The Trouble With Aunts.” “Old Quent” was a horse, and Gib Mullen was an old man who saw to it that justice was done to the animal, in Many Deasy’s story of the same name. “Some People Hate Dogs” is Bill Gulick’s heartwarming story of an orphan boy who had to choose between his dog and a good home. The way Tom worked it out, he got both – according to him.
David Lorraine, Russell Gordon Carter, Robert Murphy and the rest of the famous writers, know just what appeals most to their young audience, and in “Outdoor Stories” they are writing at their best.