I'm tempted to recommend that adults or teens buy this book then save themselves and the planet the airmiles involved in travelling to Belize. I loved the story of Kid and I liked his companions too but most of all this book gave me the feeling that I'd been to Belize, trekked through the forests, got lost and a little scared in the towns, glimpsed the traditional life of the villages without ever having to move from my own bed. But actually it did more than that, it made me genuinely interested in a country I'd previously known nothing about and it also made me deeply envious of those who still have their gap years ahead. So maybe I will have to buy that plane ticket one day... a humane and fascinating book with some beautiful authentic description.
Superlatively written adventure/travel/nature book, could not put this down! I've always loved to read these types of book with a strong sense of background research and excellent character development. Reminds me of the brilliant David Alrics book series of the "Promised one" in as sense that Pauline Fisk meticulously describes the Belizian culture and forests with such acuity that it makes you feel as if your there. Really well written, DEFINATELY worth a read! The conservation message is very strong towards the end, and really inspires you to make a difference and perhaps consider a gap year like Kid Cato's (the main character) fellow friends!