The Degrees of Barley Lick

  • Pages:248
  • Publisher:Running the Goat
  • Themes:geocaching, teens adventure, kidnapping, grief, outdoors
  • Available:10/26/2021
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+

Life has been hard for sixteen-year-old Barley Lick lately: he split with his girlfriend, his father died, and now his mother has a boyfriend, a cop named Fred Newton. Not even Barley’s new Great Dane, Stanley, can make things right.

Then Newton wants Barley to use his geocaching skills to help him solve a mystery; helping would mean losing a huge geocaching competition and, even worse, letting his ex-girlfriend Phyllis win. But Barley soon realizes that a young boy’s life may be in danger and time to rescue him is running out.

“A somewhat rambling tale that will most appeal to fellow geocachers.”

– Kirkus Reviews

“A vivid, visual adventure that will make you want to start geocaching.”

– Eric Walters, author of over 100 books

“Grief, geocaching, broken hearts, kidnapping and a Great Dane all combine to make The Degrees of Barley Lick a dizzying helicopter ride through a few extraordinary days in a teenager’s life. … Flanagan has perfectly captured the inner life of a teenage boy in emotional turmoil, bursting with hormones, resentments, and bad decisions. Barley acts first and thinks later. This is an adventure book with a very human hero at its heart, who is navigating an inner landscape that is even more challenging than the wilderness where the geocaches lie hidden.”

– Charis Cotter, author of The Ghost Road and Screech!