Back on the little-used track Ben walked silently. This time Zach walked beside him.

All of a sudden, there was a commotion behind them. Something big and back and snorting erupted from nowhere.

Zach froze, big-eyed and panic-struck.

Ben took one look at the huge wild boar charging towards them, shoved Zach off the track and dived after him into the undergrowth. The boar thundered past them and continued its enraged charge down the track. Ben waited until he was sure the animal wasn’t going to turn back at them.

He scrambled to his feet. ‘Let’s get out of here,’ he said.

Set Free (excerpt)

Ben’s job is to look after Zach, the new boy at school. But Zach won’t talk and it takes a while for Ben to find out why. Then they go on an adventure tracking a bird poacher in the National Park. At last Zach overcomes his fears and Ben finds a new friend.