1964 Honor book
"He has no home, no name, nothing. Once, he remembers, there was a mother who was nice to him, but that was too long ago. He has to rely on himself now, and himself only. Wandering westward, picking fruit on various farms to make money, that's the way things are. If you don't keep up with the rest of the pickers, you'll be left behind.
Then he realizes that there are people who care, who want to care for him. They befriend him, give him a name, an indentity - everything he's ever longed for. Life is good. But is it too good to last?"
I'll admit I was reluctant to pick up this book. Just felt "blah" about it. But it ended up being a really good book. It's not only about sheepherding, but about a woman who had lost her son taking in a boy who had noone in the world. Initially, they were leery of each other, for different reasons, but each proved to the other that they were meant to be together.
My favorite part of the book was when Boss (the lady herding sheep) decided that the boy must have a name. So, she gave him the Bible, and told him to turn to a page and point to a paragrah, and she would see what to make of it. Well, the boy's finger found I Samuel 16 and the lines "Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep." So, it was decided that he would be called David. Boss realized that God must be placing David in her care to help tend the flock of sheep.
Several mishaps occur because of David's inexperience with the sheep, but I don't want to give away the exciting parts! It was a little slow moving at first, but it was a very good read!