The Climbers

Boys will be boys. Keith Gray gives us two teenage boys, both keen climbers (of trees), starting out as rivals, enemies, even. It’s a small village, and Sully goes round saying he’s the best climber in the village. For some reason no one seems to disagree with him. Openly, at least.

When Nottingham arrives in the village, he seems to believe he is better. Or as good as.

There is one as yet unclimbed tree, and the first to climb it gets to give the tree its name. Sully considers this his right.

It’s interesting to see how his friends react to the newcomer as well as to the climbing shenanigans the two get up to. Sully wants to win. The question is what Nottingham wants.

This should be good for boys to read. Girls, too, but I suspect boys need this kind of thing more; a masculine competition threatening to ruin everything.

Who’s right? And who is best?

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