Northern Cowboy by S. Willett
Fifteen-year-old Mitchell Lavender writes for his school's newspaper and is delighted to land the rodeo assignment. The Cowboys agree to cooperate with him only if he learns how to rope and ride like them. Mitchell believes that someone's out to get him after the horse he's riding is shot and he's later caught in a burning barn. But why? Because he's a girl magnet or great at everything he does? Join Mitchell's experiences in roping, riding like a cowboy making new friends, and falling for a girl. Seriously...he loves a challenge and he'll prove it. Or does he?