A page-turning adventure story about hunting, Sophie Bailey Jarvis
June 11, 2021
Sticking With Pigs by Mary-anne Scott is an adventure-filled hunting story about a 14-year old-boy named Wolf and his uncle Jeremy (Jem for short).
The story begins at Wolf’s house when his dad’s brother Jem arrives at the house with dead ducks as a gift. Wolf’s sister Cindy gets really upset seeing the ducks and even more so when she finds out Wolf is helping prepare them.
Wolf also has a younger brother called Davey who has a sickness called Addison’s disease and because of this, Wolf has stopped doing his usual activities to help take care of Davey. Jem is a hunter, and because Wolf is so bored at home, he asks his uncle to take him on the next hunting trip. At first, Jem and Wolf’s parents aren’t so sure but Wolf manages to convince them.
A month later and Wolf is on his first hunting trip. He gets up early every morning to train and on the day before, his brother Davey insists on coming with Wolf on his bike. While training, Davey has an accident and is sent to the hospital and from that point on, Wolf is more determined than ever to go hunting and bring Davey back one of the tusks from the pig.
But pig-hunting proves to be more difficult than Wolf anticipated. Along the way, Jem and Wolf face many challenges including a wasp’s nest, injuries and so many other things, and they also make many new friends.
Sticking With Pigs is a great and very interesting book to read; one of the things I love is how there is so much information about hunting. I don’t know much about hunting so for me this was a really good way to learn more. I also loved how much detailed information there was about the characters and places. When I was reading this book I felt like I was there watching what was happening.
In my opinion, this book was really well written and I could not stop reading it. I just wanted to find out what was going to happen next. I think that the moral of the story is to believe in yourself and to never give up and that challenging yourself to try something new can help you learn more.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure stories, or to someone who wants to learn more about hunting.
- Sophie Bailey Jarvis is 13 years old and lives in Palmerston North.