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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
A Boy Called Preacher by Cheryl Schuermann is an adventure/coming of age story of a young boy who learned that responsibility is much easier to bear when you are surrounded by love and support. Johnny Wilcox (a.k.a. Preacher) is trying his best to stay on top of things. He may be only 12 years old, but since his father left in February, he realized he has to be the man in his family. He has land to look after and equipment to fix. He has a lot of problems and they all seem to catch up to him at the same time. He needs to go to the mean mechanic Eldon Dunn to have his tractor fixed, he suspects that his friend Earl is not his friend anymore and, to make matters worse, Preacher doubts his abilities. He believes as long as he has his dog Deke by his side, he can do it all! But can he?
Preacher is a kind and determined protagonist. He is a special boy who has to go through some very trying circumstances yet he does not let them hold him back. The way he takes responsibility and owns it will be very encouraging for young kids. He faces his fears (even if they make his legs tremble); he finds his anchor (Deke) and tackles the hurdles with determination. The imagery is very interesting; it is simple enough for young minds to understand but it is vivid enough to challenge them as well. Author Cheryl Schuermann encourages readers not to let their past or present hurdles stop them from moving forward by setting examples with Preacher. I enjoyed how open-minded Preacher was, how he relied on himself and how incredibly mature he was. A Boy Called Preacher by Cheryl Schuermann is an excellent story with a beautiful perspective; it is engaging and entertaining, especially for young readers who want a longer book to keep them company.