Summer of the Monkeys
Middle Grade Classic
a young teen boy in the Ozarks in the late 1800’s spends his summer trying to capture trained zoo monkeys that escaped from a train wreck. Many misadventures and hilarious happenings are chronicled. There is a big reward for the monkeys and Jay wants a pony and a .22 rifle. He catches the monkeys after a big storm and ends up using the reward money to let his sister have an operation to fix her useless leg. And he gets a pony and rifle in the end anyway.
This was a good feel good YA novel about a simple boy living during a hard time.