Fone Bone and his cousins plan to return home after visiting the village of Barrelhaven with Thorn and Gran'ma Ben. But Phoney Bone risks everything on one last get-rich-quick scheme for the town's annual Great Cow Race. As usual, Phoney's plans go disastrously awry, and Boneville seems farther away than ever.
Meanwhile, ominous signs indicate that a war is brewing, and Fone Bone finds himself helping his friends defend their idyllic valley from a formidable enemy.
I didn't like this one so much. It seemed to be merely reinforcing the characterizations we learned in the first book. Gran'ma Ben is still awesome, Phoney Bone is still a greedy schemer, Smily Bone is still empty-headed, Fone Bone is still hopelessly in love with Thorn, and Thorn is still hopelessly unaware.
Also, why was Gran'ma Ben running in the cow race? And if it's okay for non-cows to run, why did Smiley Bone dress up as a cow? Couldn't he have run as himself?
Still, we did get a bit of interesting backstory for Thorn. And those baby 'possums are the cutest things ever.
Three out of five shirtless honey sellers.
Release Date: August 2005
Reading Level: Grade 3+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: GRAPHIC SMI