"Catch The Wind" is a book that welcomes you to the deep south. It reminds me of a tale written by the legendary Mark Twain-a classic tale of boys and their childhood adventures. I instantly found comfort in this book and I could envision a friendship blooming beneath the moss covered oaks and on the swing of a southern front porch. The southern charm and dialect is dead on. I could connect with characters so well written, I could see (and hear)them when I closed my eyes. Tomas Trujillo, the author of "Catch The Wind," captures the spirit of youth so well.
River and William met along the riverbank with a large, rod bending fish on the line. I can't imagine a better start! With the large fish caught and cleaned, William began telling his tale of a giant alligator to a wide-eyed River. River's father confirmed the story, and told him about the large bounty on the gator's head, and then added a few words of warning. Having River's grandpa add to the tale only increased his fascination and excitement! The boys grew to be close friends. They spent their days together and fished together. That old gator tale was never forgotten. No, it lingered just beneath the surface of their thoughts, waiting patiently for the perfect opportunity to awaken their adventurous spirits.
The boys were also close to their parents. They were protective of their families and longed to ease their burden when the mill closed and their dads lost their jobs. They began thinking of the bounty on the gator's head. That old gator was wanted dead or alive. River's dad asked William's dad to help him hunt the gator. They could each use the money since they both lost their jobs at the mill. They set off to catch the alligator. The boys also made the decision to set off on their own journey. From there, their adventure moves swiftly like the mighty Mississippi. I won't spoil the ending for you, or tell you what happens on the river and once their feet hit dry land. I'll just warn you. Hang on to your seat because it's a wild ride! I hope this isn't the end of their tale. I'd love to catch up with them in a few years! This is a great book to read on a lazy afternoon. Be sure to pour yourself a tall glass of sweet tea and grab a few pillows for the swing. If you don't have one, a chair will be just fine. After a few pages, it won't matter where you're sitting. You'll find yourself deep in the heart of Mississippi. You'll hear the crickets in the distance and the unmistakable sound of the river rushing towards the sea. This book carries you there and then safely returns you home. Thanks for the trip. This book is destined to become a classic!