From the Newbery Award–winning author of Shiloh comes a middle-grade novel that combines adrenaline-fueled adventure with a poignant coming-of-age story.
Buck Anderson’s life seems to be changing completely. His best friend, David, has moved away; his anxious parents are hounding him more than ever; he has reluctantly agreed to fill in for his uncle and do odd jobs for a grumpy old veteran in town; and his twin sister has a new boyfriend and is never around anymore. To top it all off, Buck is bullied by a group of boys at school—mainly because he stutters.
There is one thing that frees Buck from his worries. It is the heart-pounding exhilaration he feels when exploring underground caves in and around his hometown. He used to go caving with David, but he’s determined to continue on his own now. He doesn’t know that more changes are headed his way—changes that just might make him rethink his view of the world and his place in it.
Praise for GOING WHERE IT’S DARK
“A well-constructed and well-paced story that will be appreciated by anyone who has ever felt out of place or bullied.” —School Library Journal
“Buck’s strength is inspirational, and his family’s love and respect are heartwarming.” —Kirkus Reviews
“With characteristic sensitivity, Naylor delivers an engrossing account of a boy’s interior and exterior struggles.” —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
PHYLLIS REYNOLDS NAYLOR is the author of more than 140 books, including the Newbery Medal winner Shiloh and the companion, A Shiloh Christmas; Faith, Hope and Ivy June;Emily’s Fortune;Emily and Jackson Hiding Out; and the Boy/Girl Battle series, which begins with The Boys Start the War and The Girls Get Even. She lives in Maryland.
"Naylor's signature ability to coax profound truths out of ordinary characters and familiar events shines, and she avoids supplying easy answers. Change is hard. Familial relationships are complicated. And healing takes time. Buck's strength is inspirational, and his family's love and respect are heartwarming."—Kirkus Reviews
"Writing with characteristic sensitivity, Naylor delivers an engrossing account of a boy's interior and exterior struggles."—Publishers Weekly
"Naylor's novel pulls of a nifty, unusual feat, combining survival in the wilderness with survival in the world of bullies. This is a rare book you could give to readers of Vince Vawter's Paperboy and also fans of survivalist adventures by Gary Paulsen."—Booklist
"Naylor offers a well-constructed and well-paced story that will be appreciated by anyone who has ever felt out of place or bullied."—SLJ