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by Cynthia DeFelice

Erik is preparing for his first-ever hunting trip when he learns that his parents are being deployed to Iraq. A few days later, Erik is shipped off to North Dakota to live with Big Darrell and Oma, grandparents he barely knows.

When Erik rescues a dog that’s been stuck by a porcupine, Big Darrell says Erik can’t keep him. But Erik has already named her Quill and can’t bear to give her up. He decides to run away, taking the dog and a shotgun, certain that they can make it on their own out on the prairie.

In this story of adventure and survival, Erik learns about the challenges and satisfactions of living off the land, the power of family secrets, and the pain of losing what you love.

Author Cynthia DeFelice
Director Bruce Coville
Length 3 hrs and 45 minutes
© Copyright 2011 Cynthia DeFelice
℗ Audio Copyright 2018 Full Cast Audio
Meet the Cast:
Cynthia DeFelice Narrator
Anthony Cawley Erik
Karis Wiggins Oma
David Baker Big Darrell
Carmen Crafts Mom
Mark Austin Dad
Bruce Coville Mr. Holt and Dr. Bob
Daniel Bostick Man in Barn and Mike Duvochin


“A rare boy-and-his-gun story that accepts a hunting culture instead of demonizing the tool.” – Kirkus

“Themes of accepting change and learning to let go are woven into this winning tale of boy and dog.” ― School Library Journal

A Junior Library Guild Selection.

Nominated for Children’s Choice Awards in seven states!

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