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In the Eye of the Storm

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Things have changed dramatically for nine-year-old Bill since his father left home. He is suddenly the man of the house and must help his family survive the bitter-cold winter. And to top it all off, he now has to go to school!

But with his new responsibilities come nightmares and worries. Bill has never felt more alone. Even his favorite sister, Julia, doesn't seem to understand him anymore. When Pa finally returns, frail and weak, life gets even more confusing. What is Bill's ...

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Overview

Things have changed dramatically for nine-year-old Bill since his father left home. He is suddenly the man of the house and must help his family survive the bitter-cold winter. And to top it all off, he now has to go to school!

But with his new responsibilities come nightmares and worries. Bill has never felt more alone. Even his favorite sister, Julia, doesn't seem to understand him anymore. When Pa finally returns, frail and weak, life gets even more confusing. What is Bill's role in the family now? Can he stop the border ruffians, who have vowed to drive the Codys off their land, from returning?

The exciting third book in the ongoing adventure series about young Buffalo Bill, In the Eye of the Storm sweeps readers back into the exciting and dangerous world of America's frontier past.

With the threat of further violence from pro-slavery border ruffians ever-present, nine-year-old Bill must run the farm, even after his father comes home to recuperate from his knife wound, and go to school.

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Publishers Weekly
The Adventures of Young Buffalo Bill series continues with E. Cody Kimmel's In the Eye of the Storm. In this installment, the threat of violence from pro-slavery forces still lingers. Nine-year-old Bill must juggle the demands of running the family farm and going to school while his father heals from a stab wound inflicted by "border ruffians."
Children's Literature
E. Cody Kimmel's work of historical fiction depicts the early life of the historical "Buffalo Bill." The book portrays Bill's trials as family hardships force him to become the "man of the house" at age nine. Although the book does contain some historically accurate information about life in the 1850s on the Kansas Territory, it over-accentuates gender biases and makes inaccurate generalizations about both boys and girls. It would be a much better story if it were a feminist story that empowers the protagonist because of his actions and decisions rather than because of his gender. Although striving to be historically accurate, the author cannot know Bill Cody's thoughts growing up. By conveying Bill's thoughts with a sexist bias, Kimmel formulates inappropriate gender roles in his characters. Although many boys disliked school in the 1850s, some enjoyed it and actually wanted to go. In turn, some girls would have rather done farm work and be with animals instead of sitting in front of a desk. Assigning boys and girls to such distinct roles limits the characters. The Adventures of Young Buffalo Bill is based entirely on Bill's coping with his new position of "man of the house." His character remains rather flat throughout the story because he is unable to escape his manly image. Although this is an interesting adventure novel, it places too much importance on gender roles. It would be a much better book if Bill and Julie were to evolve beyond their stereotypical gender-based expectations. 2003, HarperCollins,
— Jenny Pendleton <%ISBN%>006029115X
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-When the Codys arrived in Kansas Territory in 1854, they settled in a land violently divided over slavery. Storm, the third title in the series, chronicles the family's struggles, focusing on young Bill, and an intriguing glimpse into history emerges. His father, Isaac, stabbed by a pro-slavery man, and in a weakened condition, is forced to hide, leaving his wife and children alone on their Kansas claim. Nine-year-old Bill must assume a huge workload, and he faces more than his share of dangers from the border ruffians. In one tense scene, Bill helps foil the murderous intentions of a mob of ruffians circling his cabin. The prose is generously seasoned with easy dialogue, and employs occasional dream scenes that enrich readers' understanding of Bill's character. The plot develops at a good pace and has excitement enough to lure reluctant readers. The afterword grounds the story in history, establishing, for example, that Isaac Cody shed the first blood in Kansas, and confirming the historical existence of several of the characters in the story. This book, along with the others in the series, has the potential to draw an appreciative audience of frontier-adventure-loving children, particularly those who are attracted to Gary Paulsen's "Mr. Tucket" books (Delacorte).-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060291150
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/2/2003
  • Series: Adventures of Young Buffalo Bill Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 1.95 (d)

Meet the Author

E. Cody Kimmel is a descendant of Buffalo Bill Cody as well as the highly praised author of another adventure tale: Ice Story, about Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated trip to the Antarctic. Her two previous novels are In the Stone Circle and Visiting Miss Caples, both of which garnered excellent reviews.   Kimmel is currently writing a series of novels about the life and adventures of young Buffalo Bill Cody. Ms. Kimmel lives in Cold Spring, NY with her husband and daughter.

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