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Buck Fever

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Twelve-year-old Joey MacTagert's dad wants his son to carry on the family tradition of hunting. But Joey has "buck fever"—he can't pull the trigger on a deer, and hates the idea of killing animals. He's more interested in art and hockey, two activities that his dad barely acknowledges.

Joey's dad wants him to use his special skill in tracking to hunt down the big antlered b
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Feiwel & Friends (first published 2009)
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Sep 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I have to admit that when I pulled this novel off the shelf, I did so because of the title and didn't realize that it was a children's book until I started it. I obviously liked it well enough to continue reading and thought it was a well written story meant to inspire youngsters to follow their own “guiding star” in life and not attempt to satisfy others. But the conflict of a twelve year old boy faced with hunting a deer to satisfy his father, although an interesting plot line, seemed overly s ...more
Kay Mcgriff
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I bought Buck Fever (Feiwel and Friends 2009) by Cynthia Chapman Willis from the Authors for Henryville auction. I was looking for a good hunting story to share with my students who would rather be in the woods tracking a deer. Buck Fever is good hunting story, but it is so much more.

Joey has a talent for tracking deer, but he has buck fever: he can't pull the trigger once the deer is in his sights. He has often tracked Old Buck, but he has only shot pictures with Mrs. D's camera or sketched po
Kenneth Bennett
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Twelve-year-old Joey MacTagert loves the outdoors and loves target shooting with his dad. He's also an expert tracker and spends hours alone in the woods, tracking animals for fun--and (unbeknownst to his dad) to draw pictures of them. He's a gifted artist.

What Joey doesn't have any enthusiasm for is hunting. He's kind-hearted, loves animals and has no desire to kill anything. That's a problem, though, because Joey's dad fully expects his son to carry on the MacTagert family tradition of hunting
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Joey doesn’t want to hunt with his father, he wants to draw or play hockey instead. The thought of hunting makes him sick to his stomach and he couldn’t live with himself if he ever hurt an animal. The only shooting Joey wants to do is with his digital camera. He’s been using it to take pictures of the famous deer Old Buck and if his father finds out he’ll make him track the deer so they can shoot him with a gun. When Joey’s father makes a bet about Old Buck with another hunter, Joey has to deci ...more
Shannon Hitchcock
Jul 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reader's copy of this novel, and it passed my five-star litmus kept me up last night. The funny thing is I didn't expect to like it. BUCK FEVER is about twelve-year-old Joey MacTagert. His father is an avid hunter, and deer hunting is a long-standing tradition in the MacTagert family. Joey even shoots with his grandfather's rifle. The problem is Joey is an artist, much more interested in drawing wildlife than shooting at it, but to Joey's dad, hunting is a father ...more
Jayden Wahl
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
I think that Buck Fever was an ok book because it was hard to understand and wasn't written that well. It was hard to understand because it switch around with characters so often you didn't know who was talking about the subject you were on.

Mostly what happened is this kid named Joey wants to go hunting with his dad. He has been target shooting for many years and now he wants to step it up and go hunting. When he gets his chance to shoot the buck he stalls. Then his dad yelled "SHOOT" really lo
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really like this book. It is about a boy named joey who is going to be going deer hunting with his dad. When he does he sees a deer and his dad says to shoot it but when joey gets lined up he doesnt pull the trigger. His dad got really upset and started drinking and doesnt care. Joey thought his dad had got in a bent with a man that said joey will shott a buck before his son will and when he didnt shoot he lost the bet. So joey decides to prove to his dad that he will get one so he goes out hu ...more
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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A boy has a hearing disability. Since he cannot hear well, he can smell with his nose better. His father wants him to go hunting. He was never really interested in hunting, but while on his first hunt, he freazes and doesn't shoot a buck. His father later on gets more and more upset at him and eventually, comes home one night drunk. The boy has a secret though, with his increased smelling ability, he is able to track the biggest buck in the forest, Big Buck. He doesn't want anyone to know that h ...more
Sep 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Joey MacTagert comes from six generations of Pennsylvania deer hunters, and as a twelve year old, it is his turn to go off with his dad and bag his first deer. Joey definitely has the nose to track and the eye to shoot, but he is conflicted between the family tradition and his true talents—sketching and hockey. Family life has become chaotic since his mom’s absence due to her job, which leaves his Dad focused on the hunt, and his honor student, track star sister managing the household—in a teena ...more
Drew Geier
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
My book is Buck Fever by Cynthia Willis. This book will test Joey's(the main characters) ability to the max and I highly recommend this book.

This book sounds like it takes place in a small town where most kids hunt. Joey is akid who is 13, he plays hockey and wants to hunt. He is told because his family is from generations of hunters. Joey wants to change that as he loves drawing. You learn how he deals with that and tries to make a change.

My favorite part is when you find out that Joey is runn
Nov 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Joey is trying to carry on the family tradition of hunting, and prove to his dad that he can take down a big buck. Living in an area surrounded by woods and hunters, I am well acquainted with this scenario, (where even small girls are expected to learn the skill) and I am glad someone wrote a book from a young person's point of view. The last third of this book really picked up speed for me, and I was right there in the woods with Joey, feeling every breath he took. Filled wit ...more
Landon Lundquist
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
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This book is not very good. it is the story of a little boy named joey and his dad. they go on a hunting trip together they see the buck they want but joey cant pull the trigger. then they hear a bang and someone came up behind them and shot the buck they wanted. they are rivals and joeys dad gets shot. so he runs for help and on the way there someone picks him up and starts running with him and they get help together even though joey thought he was going to kill him. I don't want to read any mo ...more
Landon Binfet
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I did not like this book. I thought that it might Be about a kid that like to go hunting with his dad. But it was not It was about a kid that did not enjoy to hunt and had other interest. I would much rather read a book about a kid that enjoys to be outdoors and hunting. If you enjoy to hunt I don't think this would be a very good book for you. Or if you enjoy reading about kids hunting this is not the book. ...more
Jace. b
Nov 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
I gave this book 1 star because you go all over chasing this deer.You are hunting in blindes pointing the barrel out the blind and trecking all over and then when he gets close enough to shoot it it goes click and i didnt even bother to check the lcd screen. I though that it was the worst book that i have ever read and i wouldnt recommend this book to anyone.
Karen B.
Dec 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What I loved about this book: voice and heart. Joey works hard to gain his dad's approval by hunting, but has too much empathy for the animals to pull the trigger. I won't give it away, but the story builds to an unexpected climax that had me by the throat. Highly recommend! ...more
Maggie V
Jan 11, 2010 rated it liked it
For some reason, I liked this book. It isn't my usual genre, but I appreciated Joey's need for approval and his desire to pursue his own passion. The M.K. Buckner character reminded me of Boo Radley in "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Definitely an elementary/middle school boy book.
Blaine Wright
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I thought it was an O.K. book. During the book, I thought it was going to be more about the thrill of hunting, instead of a story of a boy who didn't want to hunt but felt pressured to by his dad. Someone who takes an interest in hunting may like this book or if you want a quick read. ...more
Edward Sullivan
May 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Good hunting story.
Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Boys in northern rural areas with fathers who have a hunting legacy are going to like the authenticity of this book. Good characters and a good story.
Oct 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love this book, it's a great story about family, friends and the pressures of growing up. ...more
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Sep 14, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Tyler Brick
Thsi book is about this kid who goes hunting and gets a big deer and I would recomend it to all of my freinds because it is a good book for hunting lovers like my self.
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Cynthia Chapman Willis lives in Branchburg, New Jersey with her family and as many animals as they will tolerate and she can manage. DOG GONE (Feiwel and Friends, 2008) is her first middle grade novel. BUCK FEVER, her second middle grade novel, is due out October 27th, 2009.

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