This coming-of-age story centers on Miguel, a young sheep farmer. Miguel helps his family with the sheep, but desires to be treated like a grownup. Despite of wanting to grow up, it takes him by surprise when adults take him seriously and ask for his opinion. A lot of this book is describing how sheep are raised(how they are sheared, how the young sheep are taken care, what happens to orphan sheep, ect). I found these parts interesting, and I felt like the book did a good job of staying focused to the plot, even when describing the culture.
While this book was interesting, and a worthwhile read, it's not the type of book I'd reread(unless I forgot most of it). This book was good, but I felt like it was more of a Newbery Honor book than the Newbery book it was. It just wasn't as compelling as I would have liked. I found it really interesting, but not to the point where I couldn't put it down.