Another charming coming of age tale from a master storyteller. Donal gets sent from the familiar Two Medicine Country to Wisconsin, when his grandmother has to have serious surgery that will have a long recovery. He has adventures on the "dog bus," but his grandmother's sister is nothing like the sweet woman who's raising him. Even her husband, "Herman the German," can't tolerate her. The two of them fight over his toast every morning, then he retreats to his greenhouse, which she won't come near. Donal learns to avoid Aunt Kate the same way, and he and Herman become friends. Finally, he tells Aunt Kate he's going home because his Grandma's better (though he has gotten no such news). At the first stop, he finds Herman getting on the dog bus. Their adventures increase, and they end up in a tiny town named Wisdom, where a crew of down and outers comes to cut hay. Aunt Kate has made sure Herman's on the FBI's Most Wanted List. The two of them are saved when the ranch owner offers them jobs, even offering Grandma a job as a cook, since he's been wanting to fire the current bad cook for years. This light hearted story has, as do all of Doig's books, both a love of the Two Medicine Country, and some serious moments as well.

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