April 19, evening. Last
night I escaped ...
Iíve got a place picked out to sleep in. Itís a storage shed where they keep
equipment and stuff. I checked it out a little while ago. It was locked, but
getting in was easy. I doubt if the security guards bother with the place,
and even if they do I can hide behind some of the junk thatís piled up in
there. It should be okay, at least for a few nights.
Last Samís Cage is a poignant and moving story full of loss, emotion,
meaning, and struggle. Fifteen-year-old Eddie Slater seeks freedom when he
runs away from his home, leaving his depressed mother and abusive
stepfather. During the time spent at this strange destination, between
writing in his journal and getting up to mischief, he becomes acquainted
with Jack Simm. Jack finds out the ins and outs of Eddieís life, and soon,
Eddie discovers why he sees Jack so much, lurking around and about,
watching, waiting. Eddie ends up learning a lot more about Jack than he
wanted to; everything changes as lives tangle in this addicting read.
David A. Poulsen, the author of Last Samís Cage, is a multi-talented
man that resides in the Alberta Foothills west of Claresholm, Alberta. He
has written many adult novels, young adult novels and picture books over the
years. He began writing in 1984 with his short story, The Welcominí, winner
of the Alberta Culture Short Story Writing Competition. He has written many
other books, some of which were nominated for a variety of book awards. His
other books include: The Hunk Machine, Tractor Trouble, The Vampireís
Visit, Billy and the Bearman, Ride the High Country, Donít Fence Me In,
Dream and The Cowboy Kid. Last Samís Cage is a young adult novel
with 222 pages that I would recommend for readers no younger than grade 8.
Overall, Last Samís Cage was a brilliant page-turner that kept me
literally glued to my seat eagerly awaiting the next exhilarating part. I
finished this book so quickly; I was at a loss, mostly because I wanted
there to be more! Last Samís Cage was probably one of my favourite
books ever, but beware, if you canít handle anything disturbing, this book
isnít for you! I give this novel 5 stars.