Wyoming Book Reviews

Wedge of Fear
Eugene Gagliano
Fort Collins, CO : Crystal Publishing LLC, 2018

Tony Greco and his parents have just moved to Wyoming from New York. Tony is in 6th grade and worried about starting over at a new school and the prospect of trying to make new friends. Tony wants to prove to everyone, especially his mom, he can take care of himself, but first he must prove it to himself. When faced with a terrifying medical crisis involving his mother, in the middle of a Wyoming tornado, Tony proves himself to be more than capable of taking care of himself and others. Eugene Gagliano has done a good job of portraying the thoughts and feelings of a 6th grade boy. He paints a vivid picture of small town life and country living in rural Wyoming. I think this book would attract reluctant readers, especially boys.

Twila Pilcher, Certified Library Support Staff
Hulett School Library

Ghost Walker: Tracking a Mountain Lion’s Soul Through Science and Story
Leslie Patten
Far Cry Publishing, 2018

I approached Patten’s Ghost Walker with the caution I’d use hearing of a recent mountain lion sighting. After all, much of my childhood was deep in the Bitterroots, in one of the areas where Patten researched mountain lion (‘cougar’) activity. I soon enjoyed reading about Patten’s consultations and work with wildlife experts, studying the lions in their home ranges throughout the West. Patten’s writing style makes a scientific topic understandable, relating the history of human-mountain lion interactions and the current positive work being done. This is a realistic writing of how mountain lions live, die, and interact with humans.  Read Ghost Walker – you will come away more aware and appreciative of the mountain lion’s place in Wyoming’s eco-system.

Nancy Venable, Extension and Volunteer Services Manager
Campbell County Public Library

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