Aaron Kuhns and Kevin Dennison just want to be friends but their parents object to them associating with each other. Aaron is Amish, Kevin is “English” and their fathers can’t see beyond that. The boys take matters into their own hands, decide to run away and teach their parents a lesson but get frightened in the woods and stranded. Police Chief Kate Burkholder gets involved when the parents report them as missing. What started out as an adventure turns into something perilous.
It’s a short story but it is one with strong themes. I loved how 12-year old Aaron and 11-year old Kevin were determined to maintain their friendship despite the prejudices of their parents. It was interesting getting their points of view as law enforcement worked to find them. The weather is a serious factor with temperatures below freezing and a snow storm impending. I enjoyed the story, especially on audio, and appreciated the underlying messages delivered through these children. Nice touch.
- Release Date: June 2, 2020
- Series: Kate Burkholder #11.5
- Narrator: Kathleen McInerney
- Audio Length: 1 hour, 52 minutes
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio