This gripping historical novel set during the final years of the Indian Wars explores army life in the American West as it details one boy’s struggle to become a man.
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Brian Burks' published works include Runs With Horses, Soldier Boy, and Wrango, which was awarded the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Western Juvenile Fiction.
Johnny ``The Kid'' McBane, forced to flee from his crooked bare-knuckle boxing promoter in Chicago, enlists in the cavalry by lying about his age. After some initial hazing, he is posted to Custer's Seventh Cavalry at Fort Lincoln. There he makes a few friends, endures some pranks, and gets ready to move against the Indians in the spring. This exciting story from Burks (Runs With Horses, 1995) is marred: Readers who seize upon the introductory note's mention of ``thoroughly researched historical data'' will come away from the novel with the impression that army life of the period consisted mainly of vicious hazing and dangerous practical jokes and little in the way of training, duties in camp, barracks life, planning, or strategy. The ending is shockingly abrupt: The first Indian encounter and first battle occur only in the final three pages, and Johnny is killed in the last two paragraphs without firing a shot. It's a realistic ending, in a narrative not driven by realism; it may show how pointless war is, but it may also make readers feel as if they've been taken for a ride. (map, bibliography) (Fiction. 12+) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descrizione libro Harcourt Brace and Company, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. First Edition. 1st Edition, 160 Pages. The dustwrapper benefits from an additional clear archival wrapper for protection. The Recruiter leaned Back in his chair and it creaked loudly. ''You can't read or write, can you?'' Johnny's voice was low. ''I never went to school.'' ''Well, don't worry about it.'' The sergeant took the paper off his desk and looked it over. ''Looks like we've filled in all the squares. Just put an x or whatever mark you like.'' Size: 18.1 x 11.2 x 1.7 cm. 160 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Category: History; General Custer. ISBN: 0152012184. ISBN/EAN: 9780152012182. Codice libro della libreria 189414
Descrizione libro Harcourt Children's Books, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 1. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0152012184