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