"Dahlstrom’s superb writing takes Wilder through those anxiety-producing years between childhood and adulthood, when life’s simplest and most important lessons are learned."--Forbes
"If you like Hank, you'll like Wilder Good, too."--John R. Erickson, author of Hank the Cowdog
"The story will hook adventure-loving boys while delighting parents with its character-building plot."--WORLD magazine
Winner of the Will Rogers Medallion Award, silver medal for Western Fiction for Young Readers
Every boy has it in his soul to make the big trip.
Alone, into the wild.
Wilder feels the call after reading about an obsidian deposit on a forgotten bluff in the Spanish Peaks Wilderness. If he can find the glassy, black, volcanic rock, he’ll be able to replace his family’s most cherished heirloom. Wilder wants to prove that he can make the journey alone, but his parents make him bring his best friend Big, and a new kid called Corndog. With no adults to turn to, can the three boys face the rigors of the outdoors—and each other?
Learn more about Wilder at wildergood.com and read his running journal entries about wild stuff.
Also available as an ebook:
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S. J. Dahlstrom lives and writes in West Texas. He has numerous magazine credits for his writing and photography. The Adventures of Wilder Good is his first series. His writing draws on his experiences as a cowboy, husband, father, and founder of a boys' ranch.
Praise for S. J. Dahlstrom and The Adventures of Wilder Good series:
#1 The Elk Hunt: The Adventure Begins
Lamplighter Finalist (Triple Crown Awards)
"Among the best books for young boys I've seen in years. This is classic Americana, values and all."—Robert Pratt, Pratt on Texas
"The Elk Hunt is a book for young men's men."—Texas Home School Coalition
#2 Texas Grit
Will Rogers Medallion Gold Medal Winner
"I am a big fan of this series. Texas Grit is every bit as insightful and positive as the first one."—Glenn Dromgoole, Texas Reads
"Dahlstrom writes about ranch life with flair and specific detail."—WORLD magazine
#3 Wilder and Sunny
Lamplighter Finalist (Triple Crown Awards)
#4 The Green Colt
Winner of the Western Heritage Award for Juvenile Book
Winner of the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Young Readers
Finalist, Western Writers of America Spur Award for Juvenile Fiction
"Horse-loving readers will identify with Wilder, and take away positive messages about horses, respect, family, friendship, and never giving up."—Western Horseman
"Wilder loves the outdoors, and the author's appreciation for nature rings true in his writing. The language was rich, and the imagery was vivid. I felt as if I was walking the ranch with Wilder, feeling his pain or his excitement."—The Old Schoolhouse
#5 Black Rock Brothers
"Dahlstrom’s Wilder Good books are wholesome, action-oriented stories that encourage boys to learn about their environment, respect others, and read good books . . . Black Rock Brothers, in my opinion, is the best one yet."—Glenn Dromgoole, Lone Star Literary Life
"Black Rock Brothers is a classic adventure tale, with close calls, big mistakes, near misses, and last-ditch efforts to meet the goal. The success or failure of the mission is almost beside the point; it’s in the journey that the boys will discover their personal strengths and weaknesses. It’s a rewarding journey for anyone, and may just inspire some enterprising boy to put down the playstation and start dreaming of his own quest."—Redeemed Reader
"So many wonderful lessons to be learned within the pages of this book."—Old School House Magazine
"This family-friendly story is about kids who use their wilderness skills to achieve a difficult goal. An excellent book for middle-aged readers."—Roundup Magazine
"With his fifth book in the series Dahlstrom takes a leap! Black Rock Brothers reminds us that in an ever disconnected world, friendship, family, and honor are the true ties that bind."—Paul Allen Hunton, Texas Tech University Public Media
"In Black Rock Brothers, Wilder's meticulous preparation and extensive knowledge are put to the test, and he gains a newfound respect for the power and beauty of nature. Most importantly, he learns to be a loyal friend when all he thought he knew is challenged in surprising ways."—Kristen Campbell, former Texas Teacher of the Year