The Green Colt (The Adventures of Wilder Good #4)

The Adventures of Wilder Good

Book 4
Paul Dry Books
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"The Green Colt is told beautifully, with grace and quiet power, and shows S. J. Dahlstrom to be a big new talent. I highly recommend this wonderful book."—Nancy Plain, award-winning author and vice-president of Western Writers of America


Twelve-year-old Wilder Good likes basketball, 4-H club, hanging out with his friends, and reading. But, more than anything, he loves to be outdoors.


In this fourth book of the series, Wilder is back at his grandfather’s ranch in West Texas. Papa Milam gives him an unexpected gift—his very own “green” colt to break. Wilder is excited to begin, but he quickly realizes that even getting near the colt is much harder than he expected. So Papa hires Tequito, a Mexican vaquero, to help. Tequito doesn’t speak much English, and at first Wilder is intimidated. But the vaquero is both gentle and firm with the colt, and soon they’re making good progress. Wilder sees how skilled Tequito is with horses, and learns that American cowboying has its roots in a much older Mexican tradition.


Breaking his new colt is a challenge, but—as Wilder discovers—it’s only the beginning of the joy and pain of owning a horse.


Award-winning author S. J. Dahlstrom delivers a powerful story with a timeless theme. A welcome addition to any child’s bookshelf.


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About the author

S. J. Dahlstrom lives and writes in West Texas. He has numerous magazine credits for his writing and photography. The Adventures of Wilder Good is his first series. His writing draws on his experiences as a cowboy, husband, father, and founder of a boys' ranch.

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Publisher
Paul Dry Books
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Published on
Nov 16, 2016
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Pages
158
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ISBN
9781589881143
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
Juvenile Fiction / Boys & Men
Juvenile Fiction / Lifestyles / Farm & Ranch Life
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Every boy has it in his soul to make the big trip.


Alone, into the wild.


Wilder feels the call after reading about an obsidian deposit on a forgotten bluff in the Spanish Peaks Wilderness. If he can find the glassy, black, volcanic rock, he'll be able to replace his family's most cherished heirloom. Wilder wants to prove that he can make the journey alone, but his parents make him bring his best friend Big, and a new kid called Corndog. With no adults to turn to, can the three boys face the rigors of the outdoors―and each other?


Praise for S. J. Dahlstrom and The Adventures of Wilder Good series


#4 The Green Colt


Winner of the Western Heritage Award for Juvenile Book


Winner of the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Young Readers


Finalist, Western Writers of America Spur Award for Juvenile Fiction


"The Green Colt is told beautifully, with grace and quiet power, and shows S. J. Dahlstrom to be a big new talent. I highly recommend this wonderful book." --Nancy Plain, award-winning author and vice-president of Western Writers of America


"Horse-loving readers will identify with Wilder, and take away positive messages about horses, respect, family, friendship, and never giving up." --Western Horseman


"Wilder loves the outdoors, and the author's appreciation for nature rings true in his writing. The language was rich, and the imagery was vivid. I felt as if I was walking the ranch with Wilder, feeling his pain or his excitement." --The Old Schoolhouse magazine


#5 Black Rock Brothers


"The story will hook adventure-loving boys while delighting parents with its character-building plot." - WORLD magazine


"With his fifth book in the series Dahlstrom takes a leap! Black Rock Brothers reminds us that in an ever disconnected world, friendship, family, and honor are the true ties that bind."―Paul Allen Hunton, Texas Tech University Public Media

Every boy has it in his soul to make the big trip.


Alone, into the wild.


Wilder feels the call after reading about an obsidian deposit on a forgotten bluff in the Spanish Peaks Wilderness. If he can find the glassy, black, volcanic rock, he'll be able to replace his family's most cherished heirloom. Wilder wants to prove that he can make the journey alone, but his parents make him bring his best friend Big, and a new kid called Corndog. With no adults to turn to, can the three boys face the rigors of the outdoors―and each other?


Praise for S. J. Dahlstrom and The Adventures of Wilder Good series


#4 The Green Colt


Winner of the Western Heritage Award for Juvenile Book


Winner of the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Young Readers


Finalist, Western Writers of America Spur Award for Juvenile Fiction


"The Green Colt is told beautifully, with grace and quiet power, and shows S. J. Dahlstrom to be a big new talent. I highly recommend this wonderful book." --Nancy Plain, award-winning author and vice-president of Western Writers of America


"Horse-loving readers will identify with Wilder, and take away positive messages about horses, respect, family, friendship, and never giving up." --Western Horseman


"Wilder loves the outdoors, and the author's appreciation for nature rings true in his writing. The language was rich, and the imagery was vivid. I felt as if I was walking the ranch with Wilder, feeling his pain or his excitement." --The Old Schoolhouse magazine


#5 Black Rock Brothers


"The story will hook adventure-loving boys while delighting parents with its character-building plot." - WORLD magazine


"With his fifth book in the series Dahlstrom takes a leap! Black Rock Brothers reminds us that in an ever disconnected world, friendship, family, and honor are the true ties that bind."―Paul Allen Hunton, Texas Tech University Public Media

"If you like Hank, you'll like Wilder Good, too."—John R. Erickson, author of Hank the Cowdog

Meet 12-year-old Wilder Good, who lives with his parents and little sister, Molly, in a small town in southern Colorado. When he's lucky, he gets to go hunting with Gale Loving, a 72-year-old elder at the church the Goods attend, and a good friend and mentor to Wilder. They make sort of an odd pair, an old man and a boy, but they fit together pretty well in the outdoors. (Though sometimes Wilder still can't help but wonder what kind of a name "Gale" is for a grown man.)

Wilder plays basketball, is active in his 4-H club, likes to read—his hero is Teddy Roosevelt—and does all the things that seventh-graders do. (He has a "secret" girlfriend, too.) He's a Dallas Cowboys fan. But mostly he loves the outdoors, hunting in the Colorado Rockies with Gale or his dad, or at his grandfather's Texas ranch.

Wilder is on the threshold between being a kid and beginning to grow up, and he's trying his best to figure out just what it means to join that grownup world. There's a lot to learn, and he's grateful to have rock-steady Gale to guide him.

In The Elk Hunt, Wilder accompanies Gale into the mountains in search of his first elk. It's a special day for Wilder in many ways—the biggest game he's ever hunted, and the first chance to use his grandfather's Winchester .270. He's determined to succeed with high marks.

Hunting elk is an exciting and demanding pursuit, but even after Wilder and Gale are headed home, there's still danger to face—that's when nature decides to really test Wilder's resolve.


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