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. Volume XXIII Number 34. . . .May 12, 2017
Tracker's Canyon, by Pam Withers, tells the story of 16-year-old Tristan Gordon following the disappearance and presumed death of his father, Julian Gordon, at Swallow Canyon. Tristan has grown up tracking and canyoneering, learning the skills from his father. When his father disappears, Tristan is torn between helping his mother, who can not cope with her husband's disappearance, and trying to find proof of his father's death. When he meets a new guide in town, Brigit Dowling, Tristan goes canyoneering for the first time since his father's disappearance. He has caught the bug and makes plans to canyoneer Swallow Canyon with Brigit and her friend, Dominik Goralski. As their adventure begins, Tristan begins to wonder what Brigit's true motive is for this trip. In the nick of time, he realizes that he is the one being tracked.
Withers has created a cast of characters whose lives are intertwined by a tragedy. Both Tristan and Brigit have different versions of what they believed happened. It is these perspectives that create the suspense and conflict in the story. Readers will be easily caught up in the canyoneering and fast-paced action. As Withers intended , readers will also be rooting for Tristan who has been cast as the unlikely hero. Tracker's Canyon is a story about truth, friendship, family and resilience. A good read.
Christina Pike is the Principal at Macdonald Drive Junior High in St. John's, NL.
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