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A Nose For Trouble

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  129 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The big tawny dog named Smoky refused to hunt with the pack, so old Bill Tolliver gave the 'no-good hound' to Tom Rainse, the new Game Warden. Tom discovered that Smoky's keen bloodhound nose tracked men, not animals, and soon he was hot on the trail of a ring of poachers whose mysterious leader was called 'Black Elk.' These illegal hunters swore they'd kill anyone who got ...more
Paperback, 195 pages
Published by Bantam Books (first published January 1949)
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I had heard of Jim Kjelgaard only in relation to his book Big Red (which I have not read and don’t really know anything about except that it’s about a dog – presumably Big Red). But when A Nose for Trouble threw itself in my path at a recent booksale, I picked it up without even really thinking about it. Maybe that’s because I have a nose for trouble, too… =)

The Story.

Tom Rainse really has no business buying a horse. His trip to Tanner’s Mountain is only scheduled to last a few days – just long
“Learning To Trust His Hound”

Despite the Bantam Skylark paperback format this violent 1949 tale does not prove typical YA fare. The protagonist, likable Tom Rainse, is 19-21; the plot includes kidnapping and attempted murder; no children or teens are included in this Western type thriller which is set in the mountains of the Northeast. Still, readers of all ages will quickly grasp the author’s intention to educate the public re the critical importance of Wildlife Preservation—not just to prote
Despite being classified as a typical 'young boy's adventure book', I think this will appeal to a much wider audience. It's a tale of mystery that has numerous twists and turns, and a satisfyingly unexpected ending. The characters are well-developed, too.

You can't really compare this novel to White Fang or Call of the Wild; this book is far from being about a dog. It really captures the lives of people living in the mountains, and the politics of hunting laws. The main character, Tom, becomes em
More mystery than some of his others. Tracking poachers. Good plot, but not as memorable as a couple of his others whose scenes are forever imprinted in my mind.
This book is great not only for animal lovers but also for those who enjoy a good adventure story. It's a shame these are out of print.
Fenixbird SandS
Oct 02, 2007 Fenixbird SandS rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Youth & adventurers
Wonderful dog sled adventure Kjeelgaard is a fine author! Perhaps even BETTER than Jack Londen!
Randy Young
My favorite book growing up and I still love it
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an American author of young adult literature.

Born in New York City, New York, Jim Kjelgaard is the author of more than forty novels, the most famous of which is 1945's "Big Red." It sold 225,000 copies by 1956 and was made into a 1962 Walt Disney film with the same title, Big Red. His books were primarily about dogs and wild animals, often with animal protagonists and told from the animal's point
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