Racing the Sun

Paul Pitts, Author Avon Books $6.99 (150p) ISBN 978-0-380-75496-0
This affecting story about a suburban Navajo boy should find a broad audience. Brandon, 12, is happily ensconced in UGA (Underachieving Goof-offs of America) with his best friend Ham, content to live the middle-class life his father has carved out for his family. Then Brandon's Navajo grandfather comes to live with them, bringing his smoky smell, his chants and his ample dignity and charm. His very presence disrupts the family, reminding them of reservation life, but Brandon is drawn to him. Their gentle, loving bond, based on Brandon's learning ``the important things'' from his grandfather, changes the boy in believable, positive ways. If this is just a bit idealized in its treatment of minor characters, it is nonetheless engagingly told and refreshingly modern. The story's themes are more subtle than the strident cover will lead readers to expect. Ages 8-12. (August)
Reviewed on: 08/05/1988
Release date: 08/01/1988
Prebound-Sewn - 160 pages - 978-0-613-37701-0
Prebound-Glued - 150 pages - 978-0-8124-6735-2
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