I finished Peace Like a River tonight by Leif Enger. It was really good! I loved the way the author used words. Here's a few examples: "...it was so cold frost paisleyed the gun barrels." "It was well-used which gave all our imaginations a pleasing slap." And, "We tiptoed through that town like a fat boy through a wolf pack."
This story is about 11-year-old Ruben, an asthmatic boy whose brother shoots and kills two boys from their small Minnesota town. After being jailed, Davy breaks out and escapes west. Most of the book traces the Land family's cross-country search for Davy, who has been controversially charged with murder.