Denise M. Wilms

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It's clear from the outset [of Devilhorn ] that Tom Fox is a resourceful, determined sort. The split from his shallow, temperamental father and brassy new stepmother is painless. The 93 goats he has in tow in the forested Oregon countryside promise to insure a hand-to-mouth existence to start with,...

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It's clear from the outset [of Devilhorn] that Tom Fox is a resourceful, determined sort. The split from his shallow, temperamental father and brassy new stepmother is painless. The 93 goats he has in tow in the forested Oregon countryside promise to insure a hand-to-mouth existence to start with, maybe something better if plans for herding and cheesemaking work out…. The story, set in 1939, is absorbing despite several instances of contrived plotting. Details of goat-tending and cheesemaking so thoroughly woven through prove unexpectedly interesting, and Tom's levelheaded, independent nature is appealing. A flawed but worthwhile, enjoyable read. (p. 1676)

Denise M. Wilms, in Booklist (reprinted by permission of the American Library Association; copyright 1978 by the American Library Association), July 1, 1978.

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