Reviewed by: Henry, age 13
A preposterous storyline with a touching moral. This book is good if you like perfectly good plans which are thwarted in silly ways, action, ponies, Where the Red Fern Grows, or monkeys.
Setting: Modern Era, Cherokee country.
Introduction:A young farm boy on Cherokee land is playing in the wooded ravine by his house when he sees something strange. A monkey! It yells at him and he gets out of there fast. When he talks to his grandpa, he learns that there is a reward for returning them to the circus they escaped from. And it will be enough buy a pony, which he has dreamed of riding for quite a while. But catching a monkey turns out to be harder than he thought...
Themes: Determination, Family love, Cleverness, Caring for less fortunate
Recommended Age: 10 and up, younger if read aloud
Full Disclosure: The monkeys get him drunk at one point, but he feels terrible afterward
Rating: 5 stars
Other Books: I don't think this is a series, but it is written by the same author as Where the Red Fern Grows.