What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

UNSOLVED: One specific book > Teengaer with Sheep in the Orkneys

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message 1: by Laura (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:15PM) (new)

Laura (laurahogan) | 72 comments Something weird happened with my last post here, so I'm going to try again.

I read this book sometime in the 80s, I'm pretty sure. It had to do with a teenager, I think she may have been mid-eastern or African, who went to become a shepherd maybe somewhere in the Orkney Islands, or possibly in the Hebrides. Or the Isle of Mann, come to think of it? Anyway, she also had a brother I think, and he may have been handicapped in some way -- maybe with a prosthetic leg? Or maybe he was mentally handicapped, I can't quite recall. He may have been her friend instead of her brother, or maybe even a cousin instead. Anyway, I'm hoping maybe Krista can help!

message 2: by Gary (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:15PM) (new)

Gary Laura, I don't know if this is the one or not (and I'll await Krista's final answer), but years ago, I read a book titled CALL ME JOCKO. It was about a little boy who carried around a paraffin lamp while keeping watch on his sheep at night. He kept accidentally lighting hay fires, but he never could figure out what was causing the fires until finally a girl from the neighboring town saw what was happening and reported him to the Ministry of Agriculture. I don't remember what happened after that. Could this be the book you are looking for?

message 3: by Laura (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:15PM) (new)

Laura (laurahogan) | 72 comments No, I'm really pretty sure that in this one, the girl was the shepherd, not the boy. Also, I don't recall fires -- I do recall lots of long descriptive passages about the surrounding terrain, but I could be confusing that with another book.

message 4: by Krista the Krazy Kataloguer (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:15PM) (new)

Krista the Krazy Kataloguer (kristathekrazykataloguer) | 104 comments Laura--
Did this story take place in the present? The past?

Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

message 5: by Laura (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:16PM) (new)

Laura (laurahogan) | 72 comments I'm sorry, I don't actually recall.

message 6: by Jessica (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:17PM) (new)

Jessica | 28 comments Oh wait, did she have a dog? Well, maybe it was a cat or even a special pig on the farm or something. I'm pretty sure there was a pet of some kind.

message 7: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 33880 comments Mod
Laura, are you still looking for this or did you find it?

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