Courageous Journey

Author: Snyder, Paul A.

Subjects: American History; Frontier Life; Historical Adventure

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 3601

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 3601S

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Fifteen-year-old Kate and eleven-year-old Will must travel from Pennsylvania to Texas in the spring of 1837. Their father has a new homestead and has written for his family to join him. But the youngsters’ mother and siblings have all died in an epidemic, so Kate determines that she and Will will make the dangerous trip alone. She will negotiate a good price for the farm herself, plot the trip, and take good care of her brother.

Kate and Will have barely begun their journey before two outlaws begin to track them, certain that they are carrying a bundle of cash. The youngsters, armed with only a slingshot and a Colt revolver, pit their brains against the outlaws’ brawn as they determine to continue their perilous trek. Between them and Papa lay 1,500 miles of hostile American frontier.

Rivaling Kate’s and Will’s hair-raising escapes on land are their tumultuous keelboat adventures down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, where the most important fact of life is that the right of way belongs to the biggest and meanest steamboat. Pirates and waterfalls follow.

The youngsters do make it to Papa’s ranch, only to find a full-scale shoot-out in progress. It seems that a flim-flam man is claiming that the ranch is his, and hired-guns are in the thick of it against Papa. But Kate and Will get help from a savvy outlaw they befriended along the way and two surprise heroes.

Courageous Journey is an action-packed, all-American western with flashes of comedy, a breath of a first love for Kate, and a wonderful dog/wolf heroine called Lucy.

Fifteen-year-old Kate and eleven-year-old Will must travel from Pennsylvania to Texas in the spring of 1837. Their father has a new homestead and has written for his family to join him. But the youngsters’ mother and siblings have all died in an epidemic, so Kate determines that she and Will will make the dangerous trip alone. She will negotiate a good price for the farm herself, plot the trip, and take good care of her brother.

Kate and Will have barely begun their journey before two outlaws begin to track them, certain that they are carrying a bundle of cash. The youngsters, armed with only a slingshot and a Colt revolver, pit their brains against the outlaws’ brawn as they determine to continue their perilous trek. Between them and Papa lay 1,500 miles of hostile American frontier.

Rivaling Kate’s and Will’s hair-raising escapes on land are their tumultuous keelboat adventures down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, where the most important fact of life is that the right of way belongs to the biggest and meanest steamboat. Pirates and waterfalls follow.

The youngsters do make it to Papa’s ranch, only to find a full-scale shoot-out in progress. It seems that a flim-flam man is claiming that the ranch is his, and hired-guns are in the thick of it against Papa. But Kate and Will get help from a savvy outlaw they befriended along the way and two surprise heroes.

Courageous Journey is an action-packed, all-American western with flashes of comedy, a breath of a first love for Kate, and a wonderful dog/wolf heroine called Lucy.

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