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In His Father's Footsteps Paperback – October 19, 2012

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A sweet, heart-warming story about a fourteen-year-old boy who is forced to grow up fast--and how...In His Father's Footsteps is a coming of age story about courage, desperation, love of family, and a young boy's determination not to let fate take its course. It's fairly short, so I could read it in one sitting, but it's highly entertaining. A great read from an accomplished author. - Taylor, reviewer    4.6  stars

In His Father's Footsteps is touching and inspiring. It's the story of a young boy's quest to prove himself to his father and to himself....Irwin's character development is superb as always, and her story has a ring of truth. I found myself fascinated with Jason's adventure and felt like I was right there with him. - Regan, reviewer   4.5 stars

A welcome change from trendier teen fiction.
Irwin brings animals and hazards on stage, their presence being more convincing than the contrived plot twists in other teen novels. Jason's endurance, skill, heroism are a result of his knowing survival skills which young readers could learn. Youths raised on vampires, wizards and futuristic technology would be surprised what Jason achieves with "low tech" old-fashioned equipment. With juvenile fiction dominated by speculative fiction, Irwin's novel stands out for its realism.
Highly recommended.     Ruth Latta, CM Magazine

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One swipe of those deadly claws and he'd be a goner...

Jason crept to the edge of the woods and paused behind a large walnut tree to scan the clearing. About thirty feet away, three cougar cubs played in the tall grass. Their small round heads and bodies were covered with fluffy gold fur. Dark irregular markings interrupted the gold. Their tails ended in large black dots. Scuffling and leaping, they butted heads, batted front paws, nipped away bits of fur, all the while growling ferociously. He watched the cubs play. So much like the kittens at home, but these kittens had sharper, longer teeth, and razorsharp claws. A swipe from one of their cute paws could easily damage human or beast. Thinking of their claws made Jason realize other dangers. How could he be so stupid? Busy watching the cubs, he'd forgotten about their mother. She had to be close. She would never wander far from her cubs unless they were safely tucked away, free from harm, not out here in the open. Staying behind the tree, he scanned the meadow. Where was she? As if on cue, he heard a rustling in the trees across the clearing. A large, round, khaki-colored head rose above the long grass. Jason gasped. The powerful cougar seemed to be staring straight at him. Then slowly, gracefully, the head turned. Fluid yellow eyes swept the area in a lazy arc. Jason hid behind the walnut tree. His heart raced, a lump blocked his throat. Had she seen him?

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