by Eric Pierpoint
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Release Date: Sep 3, 2013
Source: sent by publisher
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Summary from goodreads.com:
"I need you to be strong."
Caleb O'Toole could hear his mother's last words as clearly as if she was sitting right next to him. He promised her he'd keep his sisters safe. But safety is over a thousand miles away in the rugged Bitteroot Mountains--past dust-choked deserts and thorny tumbleweeds and as sun so hot, it's hard to breathe. Tornadoes and hungry wolves wait for them on the path ahead. But with the infamous Blackstone Gang hot on their trail, Caleb has no choice but to keep going. There's no telling how far the gang will go to keep their latest murder a secret. And Caleb is the number one witness to their crime.
Caleb O'Toole can hear his mother's last words: "I need you to be strong." and he can't let her down.
There is never a dull moment Caleb O'Toole's western adventures. He and his sisters are on their own after their parents lose their battle with Cholera. They do get some guidance from the misunderstood and infamous Henderson, while being chased by murderers, disease, and the wilderness of the old west. The adventures are one right after another, they never have a second to breathe or relax! This makes for some very exciting reading.
I liked that Caleb was so smart and he was able to get out of many predicaments using his brains. He kept a very level head when the heat was on.
The only drawback for me was that there was a lot of gun use. I do realize that this was the old west, and that was a way of life, but I'm still unsure about it being so prevalent in a kid's book. I'm not sure I would feel comfortable recommending this one, without a warning first.
Main Characters: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 3/5
Bottom Line: A fast-paced, mile-a-minute western adventure with a smart hero.
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