A new teenager in a small, Oregon logging town, Jack Taylor's bored with school and living in his own head. Walking in the forest, he finds dark mysteries in an old-growth cedar grove near his new home. The story handed down several generations doesn't tell the tale completely, nor do tales of lurking giants in the trees, an Indian curse, or the abandoned locomotive deep iA new teenager in a small, Oregon logging town, Jack Taylor's bored with school and living in his own head. Walking in the forest, he finds dark mysteries in an old-growth cedar grove near his new home. The story handed down several generations doesn't tell the tale completely, nor do tales of lurking giants in the trees, an Indian curse, or the abandoned locomotive deep in the woods. As he asks questions of his teachers and local families, he finds himself pushed more and more into a corner from which there is only one way out. With the reluctant help of a local historian, his Physics teacher, a school friend and an ancient logger almost as old as the trees, he begins to put the clues together. The story unravels a community conspiring to hide the entire truth from the world. But, is that wrong? Maybe the world doesn't need to know....
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On Parson's Creek Reviews
On Parson's Creek, by Richard Sutton, is a story of mystery and intrigue, of myth and legend come to life, and of one boy's quest for the truth.Jack and his family have moved to a small town nestled in forest at the feet of the Cascades. Being a curious young man, Jack goes exploring in the forest around his home and stumbles upon a long abandoned mining site. Intrigued by the history, Jack seeks to learn more, but what he finds doesn't at all match the 'official' story, gleaned from old newspapers, interviews with townsfolk, and his own knowledge of steam engines. Determined to discover what really happened, Jack digs deeper and deeper. What he finds is something that defies rational explanation, at least as we know it.Jack is new to the area, a close-knit, rural community. Sutton did a wonderful job of portraying a young man trying to fit into a new school, and make friends when he's seen as an outsider. This doesn't get easier when he starts snooping in things the locals don't like talking about. In the end, Jack doesn't find quite all the answers he's looking for, but then, that's how life really works, isn't it? And we, as the reader, are left with a bit of mystery, and wonder, for we've brushed against something that is, perhaps, better left in shadow, and the dancing eddies of time.Sutton's On Parson's Creek pulled me in right from the beginning. I couldn't put it down. I felt as if I were right there with Jack, as he went about his adventures. Great description helped flesh the scenes out, making it easy to 'live the story.' I enjoyed so much that I've added this delightful read to my class reading lists so my students have the option of choosing it for an assignment.There were a few downsides. I typically rather look at story than nitpick mechanics. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention these few things for the more technical minded prospects. The formatting could be better. The pound sign demarcations could be better handled by being placed centerline, and possibly using a different symbol, such as the asterisk. There are also several places with misspelled words, or grammatical errors. I found the story captivating enough that I actually skimmed over these at first, my brain correcting subconsciously as I went along. Many times, I had to stop and go back because I just had this nagging feeling something was amiss. For me, it was not enough to detract from the story at all. However, if these things, however infrequent, are likely to frizzle your sensibilities, you may wish to wait til a revision is released. The only exception, one that jarred me to a halt, is likely not one the average person would even pick up on- the word 'Gigantopithecus'. In all instances of the word, it is missing the 'h'. It stuck out because I am an anthropologist by schooling, and though palaeoanthropology is not my particular forte, I do enjoy learning about it.
I thought I might be a good target for Richard Sutton's On Parson's Creek (no relation to the American soap opera, Dawson's Creek), as I love a touch of the strange, and some of my favourite books are those by, for instance Ray Bradbury, which portray a kind of magical look back at boyhood, although in this case it's more teenhood, with all the uncomfortable difficulties that particular time of life throws up. And I was right.Sutton does an excellent job of portraying the brooding atmosphere of the dark woods in which the protagonist finds himself, recently moved in with his family and coping with the difficulties of a new school; making new friends at the same time as exploring this uncanny backwoods location. In parts the storytelling oozes atmosphere, particularly in the scenes with the old railroad locomotive.What starts off as a classic 'young people discover strange things and try to sort it out without involving adults' tale takes some interesting twists as the discoveries get mixed up with Indian legend and the possibility that the woods are home to something like a tribe of Bigfoot.Although the main character is a teenager, I had no problem getting absorbed by the book. My only real complaint was that Sutton doesn't give us enough. It's quite a short book, and I think he could have expanded the story to give it more drama and a more striking destination. In fact, in a way, the problem is that the storytelling is too realistic. This feels like what a real encounter with Bigfoot might be like, but I wanted more drama, more obstacles to overcome and more twists and turns in the plot.Since they always say 'Leave them wanting more,' this surely is a relatively small omission on the part of the author. That apart it's a book I really enjoyed.
Jack Taylor’s family moves often, and Jack has learned how to acclimate quickly, but he’s a city kid, and this new home, a cabin in the woods outside an isolated Oregon logging town, is different. Not much logging goes on around Parson’s Creek these days, only Everett Wright, the old man who lives up the hill, still goes into the towering cedars that seem to have a life of their own.Jack is left to his own devices in a high school that offers no course he hasn’t already taken and with only Jim, the kid down the road, as a friend. He and Jim explore the woods and find the abandoned logging camp. What they see reveals a mystery that only Jack wants to solve. Jim says they’ve already seen too much. People died at that camp, and this town doesn’t want to talk about it.The Taylor family moved again at the end of the school year. Some fifty years later, Jack looks back at the year living amongst the tall cedars, the mystery that remains, and the tragedies that have continued.On Parson’s Creek combines a teenaged boy’s coming-of-age with mystery spiced by a touch of mysticism. The author creates realistic characters and a believable high school ambiance without wallowing in adolescent angst. The setting, so vivid you can smell the cedars, will appeal to the nature lover, and the well-paced story will engage older readers as well as young adults.YA is a change of pace for me, but I read On Parson’s Creek because I have an on-line acquaintance with the author. I’m publishing a review because I really liked the book.
It is 1967, the U.S. is waging war in the jungles and forests of Vietnam and young Jack Taylor is having to settle in to yet another new school in yet another new town, but this time things are slightly different. His family are always moving around, no change there, and this time they have moved near Parson’s Creek, deep in the heart of one of America’s own forests, but from day one something isn’t as expected. The deer are behaving oddly and there are strange scents and shadows amongst the trees.Jack wants to understand what is happening in the woods and in the process he comes across adults who know more than they are saying, old native American myths and more recent tensions, as well as cataclysmic historic accidents. He also has to deal with a first Homecoming Dance date, the ongoing uncertainties of a new school, learning to drive and the fact that not everything in life has clear-cut answers and explanations.The mysteries deepen as Jack penetrates further into the woods and the locale’s past history, but it is possible that the mystery is, in return, insinuating itself in day to day life. This is an atmospheric tale for young adults, set deep in the wilderness myths of America. I confess to being well past the young adult stage of my development, but as far as I can tell Sutton’s novel seems well–pitched at its intended audience in terms of tone, style and subject matter. The story is relatively simple, but the underlying explorations of American history and the nation’s relationship to its past (and its present) are intriguing.
An engrossing read from start to finish, the story has suspense, mystery, old half-told tales, recognisable 'facts' and interspersed with some teenage angst.Told in a reminiscing style, with enough descriptive detail to make it easy to envisage the characters and surroundings and become immersed.Recommended as a good old fashioned yarn!See my review also at:http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-revie...http://www.amazon.com/ss/customer-rev...http://www.amazon.ca/product-reviews/...http://www.amazon.com.au/product-revi...http://www.amazon.in/product-reviews/...
On Parson's Creek by Richard Sutton is a tale of a new boy and an old legend. It's a coming of age story of a boy in a family that never stays put long enough to put down roots. It's the tale of a mystery that dates before recorded time and all the mysteries that followed in years past. Strange things happen in the woods but stranger things happen just being a teenager in an imperfect world.This book is meant for mature young adults or adults. There are few "F" bombs and one messy groping scene which is why I took off one star, (I'm strict about that stuff) but other than that it is perfectly clean and a good read. I recommend it for older teen boys, but girls can enjoy the mystery too. My thanks to the author for an ARC of this book. It is a delightful read.
Intriguing story shrouded in mystery throughout. Wonderful, easy read with page-turner fascination throughout. So much entertainment spiced with quiet social commentary and coming of age issues that will relate to readers of all age. I highly recommend this delight.
A lovely mysterious tale with a bit of cryptozoology thrown in - a thoroughly enjoyable read.