Stranger on the Run


191 pages
ISBN 0-7737-5532-2
DDC jC813'.54




Reviewed by Jean Free

Jean Free, a library consultant, is a retired public-school teacher and
librarian in Whitby, Ontario.


Nineteen-year-old Steve Garrett is on the run from day parole and a
Vancouver drug dealer he has exposed. While hitchhiking to Alberta he
meets a young Native, Jesse Firebird, and begins work on the Double C
Ranch, owned by Johannesons. Here Steve matures as he works with animals
and sympathizes with Jesse’s attempts to save land from development by
a gas company in Wolfsong Valley.

Stranger on the Run has everything a young-adult reader might look for
in a fast-paced fictional story: romance, search for adulthood, struggle
for survival, drug problems, concern for the environment, school
difficulties, teenage friendships, and exciting adventures. As always,
Halvorson writes with a light touch and produces humorous, scintillating
dialogue. Highly recommended.


Halvorson, Marilyn., “Stranger on the Run,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 13, 2024,