S.J. DAHLSTROM. The Elk Hunt – The Adventure Begins, book #1, The Adventures of Wilder Good series. Paperback, 110 pages, $7.99. www.pauldrybooks.com

The Elk Hunt: The Adventure Begins (number one in The Adventures of Wilder Good series) is a book of fiction set in the west. Twelve-year-old Wilder Good goes on an elk hunt with his mentor in Colorado. The narrative is classic adventure story, in which an idealistic, modern ethos of hunting evolves—one in which hunting is not just harvesting a mature animal for food, but is a process for developing relationships with others and for becoming a stronger, more courageous individual.