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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (741 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Glendon Swarthout Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN:
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Send Us a Boy, We'll Send You a Cowboy! is the slogan of the Box Canyon Boys Camp. But for the nail biters, thumb suckers, and teeth grinders, the cast-away offspring of parents who are busy traveling, being divorced, remarrying, and garnering fortunes, it's just another place to face rejection. Until Cotton.

Cotton pulls them together. In a hot-wired pickup, he leads the Bedwetters on a fantastic mission to save a heard of buffalo, and in the process, to save themselves. But as the raw red Arizona sun rises, they will discover the cost of their one grand moment of glory.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/16/2014

    " Inspired to pick it up and read it by its mention in a Trixie fanfic I edited. I thought I had read it in high school, but nothing sounded remotely familiar to me, so maybe not. A touching book, though a bit hokey and maybe not as relevant or timely as when it first came out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla | 2/8/2014

    " it made my soul ache, but only because i was that affected by it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 2/7/2014

    " One of the few things I got from high school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/30/2014

    " I still think about this book and the bullying that teens can put each other through. A great story of empowerment, written before that term was coined. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseanne Harper | 1/26/2014

    " this book is a very nice book the part most important to me was "For a moment, or moments, beasts and children were friends, there in the sweetness and silence of the night, there in the calm and lovely fields of the Lord." I love this part most of all because of all the things we dont get along for but what we pass by us and dont realize is that we are all alike and god made us we have the same body parts so why act like we are seperated. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teresa K | 1/25/2014

    " a very thin story of a group of misfit adolescent boys who have been sent to summer camp by their parents to do some fast growing up. there are many flashbacks to explain the past of each of the boys, but not much in the way of plot development. the actual story itself is told in a rushed way and i can't imagine using this to teach high school or middle school students as it's not interesting at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 1/21/2014

    " This was somewhat a cult classic when I was a teenager. The story has to do with some juvenile delinqent teens at a camp and how they "free" some buffalo that are scheduled to be slaughtered by hunters. It has environmental overtones as well as parallels to Lord of the Flies which probably partly explained its popularity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyse | 1/17/2014

    " This is one of my all time favorite books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juneko | 1/15/2014

    " As an 11-year old kid, this book really touched something in me, though I loved the movie much more. I don't know how it would stand up to contemporary preadolescents, though. Might seem a bit dated now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandon O'Neill | 1/14/2014

    " I read this book after reading a blog about it - whether it really is a children's classic or an outdated '70s piece of historical fiction. It was OK, but there were a lot of very specific '70s references. Not a must read by any means. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Walters | 1/10/2014

    " I have read this book several times and I remember watching the movie about it and crying....It is a dated book but the story was great and really moving....It really makes you think about choices you make and the consequences that follow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyceliv | 1/6/2014

    " I read the condensed version of this book. It was o.k. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/4/2014

    " A little dated but Classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/2/2014

    " This book is one of my childhood favorites. It's one of a few select books that I have read multiple times. I find it every bit as compelling and powerful with each additional read as I did on that first one many years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amyself | 12/27/2013

    " Classic boys gone bad with enough heart to have you thinking back on old JC long after reading it. I read this book when I feel less than perfect...it is touching, not overly done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline Fontenot | 12/11/2013

    " One of the best coming of age books ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 7/16/2013

    " Very good early high school level or 8th grade book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 angrykitty | 6/3/2013

    " i read this because dan is teaching it and said that i should read it....i finished it in about a day, and couldn't stop reading it....plus, it made me wanna cry....books never make me wanna cry...except of mice and men..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse | 4/8/2013

    " I read this senior year of high school for my English class. As a total loser and outsider I really liked it, but I feel that I should try to read it again sometime and see what I think about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 11/9/2012

    " For some reason I was thinking of this book as I was falling asleep last night. It may be time to read it again. I have come back to this book several times and each time have been deeply moved by it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/5/2011

    " Really good novel and also sad. It's kind of like a happier version of Lord of the Flies (if that's possible) but it's a short novel and a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Prisha | 9/5/2011

    " Has the same childhood classic sadness that "The Outsiders" had (sans the "gang" fights)...but it ints own very different and sentimental way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hatuxka | 9/4/2011

    " This was assigned reading in high school, I remember liking it and then seeing the movie which came out later in the 70s. But I recall nothing about the plot. I get the impression that many here read it for class in high school. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly Lindquist | 5/24/2011

    " Yet another inflicted book from my high school days. Didn't care for the transparent metaphors and general heavy-handed approach. I did like the buffalo, though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steph | 5/24/2011

    " This is just not my kind of book. It confused me very much! I can't believe my friends like it, but I didn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenley Raye | 2/11/2011

    " I was never assigned to read this in school, however on a lonely weekend at the cabin I picked this book up and it touched my heart. I remember it a hard book to get into at first but it a wonderful for a rainy day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peyton | 1/22/2011

    " Swarthout's strength is his understanding of adolescence. As a defense of disturbed youth, this novel is brilliant; as a conservation manifesto, it is a bit heavy-handed. The reason to read it is for the rich characterizations, beautiful prose, and excellent structure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherri | 12/30/2010

    " I had read this books many years ago so decided to read it again. You can't help rooting for the "bedwetters" on their mission of mercy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 7/29/2010

    " Bless the Beasts and the Children by Glendon Swarthout is in a similar genre with Lord of the Flies only this was a little more civilized, but still disturbing because of how cruelly we can treat others. The book probably deserves 4 stars because it is well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 1/18/2010

    " Alright story followed by an alright movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 12/1/2009

    " Very good early high school level or 8th grade book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 angrykitty | 11/18/2009

    " i read this because dan is teaching it and said that i should read it....i finished it in about a day, and couldn't stop reading it....plus, it made me wanna cry....books never make me wanna cry...except of mice and men..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyse | 11/2/2009

    " This is one of my all time favorite books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 8/29/2009

    " Yet another inflicted book from my high school days. Didn't care for the transparent metaphors and general heavy-handed approach. I did like the buffalo, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amyself | 8/19/2009

    " Classic boys gone bad with enough heart to have you thinking back on old JC long after reading it. I read this book when I feel less than perfect...it is touching, not overly done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony | 6/12/2009

    " This was assigned reading in high school, I remember liking it and then seeing the movie which came out later in the 70s. But I recall nothing about the plot. I get the impression that many here read it for class in high school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gavin | 6/5/2009

    " One of the few books I actually managed to enjoy in middle/high school, despite the best efforts of witless imbeciles charging with teaching kids to enjoy reading. "

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About the Author
Author Glendon Swarthout

Glendon Swarthout (1918–1992) wrote sixteen novels, many of which were bestsellers and were made into films, among them Seventh Cavalry, They Came to Cordura, Where the Boys Are, Bless the Beasts & Children, and A Christmas to Remember. He was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction and won a number of other awards, including the Western Writers Award for Lifetime Achievement.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.