Laurence, The Trapper (Soft cover)
by Lois Marlatt, B.A., M.Ed. « View this author's BIO
The fellow at the table looked really mean. He had slicked back black hair, a narrow forehead, squinty eyes, a pointed nose, and hardly any lips at all.
If he were an animal he would be a fox, Laurence thought. He's sly, and he's the boss, I can tell. He'll try to trick me into telling him things I don't want to tell. I've already said too much. Got to be careful.
"I should introduce myself," the man said. He stood up and walked over in front of Laurence. "My name is Gun 'cause I have one." He laughed and bobbed his head, and a lock of his black hair fell across his forehead.
It was then Laurence noticed three other things: the man had a scar over his right eye, he smelled of stale sweat, and the gun tucked into the waistband of his trousers was easily seen for he was in his shirt-sleeves.
Gun continued to talk. "Meet my pal, Ox. He got his name 'cause he likes to box." He smiled and showed yellow teeth as he nodded toward the other man.
Laurence turned around to look at the man called Ox. He was much bigger than the man from the table. Ox might or might not be his name, but it suited him, especially because he had a nose which looked like it had been smashed in at least once, and big, beefy shoulders.
As soon as Laurence noticed the door had been shut and Ox was leaning against it, he thought, I'm caught in a trap, and Gun looks like he is enjoying it.
>Recommended for ages 8 and up
Happiness and sadness follow the thirteen year-old Laurence through the second book in the series:'The Trapper'.
His friends: a new pet named Henrietta; working on Uncle Andy's farm; and a trip to the Toronto Exhibition, bring joy.
A father who is out of work; a dog that is costing the family money; the death of a classmate; and the departure of Running Bear, cause sorrow.
Then danger appears in the form of two armed and vicious bank robbers: Gunter Hamm and Fred Oxford. Laurence becomes their captive.
Follow Laurence?s adventures in the first and last books in the series: Laurence, The Champion and Laurence, The Worker.