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A better title might be DANNY COYOTE because that's what the book is about: Danny, and a couple of coyotes who make friends with him. Danny's father blows a hole in the television with a rifle and then goes into a hospital for a while, leaving Danny to live alone in a trailer with no money and little food. That's when the coyotes start coming to visit. Coyotes are tricksters. Coyotes are clever survivors. So is Danny as he learns what kind of human being he truly is — and what kind he ain't.
DANNY AIN'T is part of the San Puerco Trilogy, three award-winning novels that have been loved by adults and children alike, about the adventures of three boys in the scrappy little town of San Puerco, California. Other titles in the trilogy are BOONE BARNABY and BABCOCK.
"A finely crafted story. The characters are enormously appealing." — School Library Journal
"The author of THE ADVENTURES OF BOONE BARNABY returns to the small town of San Puerco for another engaging, well-told tale." — Kirkus Reviews
"Brave, compassionate Danny, who embraces his incorrect grammar as symbolic of his identity, is worth cheering for." —Publishers Weekly
DANNY AIN'T won the BABRA Award (Bay Area Book Reviewers Association) as Best Book for Children in 1992.
Narrator Danny, tough-talking and resourceful, worships his father, a widower and Vietnam War veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. When Pop's latest bout lands him in the hospital, Danny tells only his two best friends--his experience in the Home during Pop's last in-patient treatment has made him determined to stay on his own, in his and Pop's ramshackle trailer in a rural California mountain town. Although scrounging for food becomes a problem, streetwise Danny refuses work as a drug runner and instead hustles for jobs around town. He triumphs with the help of friends old and new, as does his rehabilitated parent. This companion book to Cottonwood's The Adventures of Boone Barnaby is steeped in extraneous detail, yet brave, compassionate Danny, who embraces his incorrect grammar as symbolic of his identity, is worth cheering for. Ages 10-up.