Me and Billy

Me and Billy

by James Lincoln Collier
     
 

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When Billy hears that gold is hidden in the mountains, he escapes from the orphanage, taking Possum with him. The two runaways embark on a journey through the Western frontier in search of the gold.See more details below

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When Billy hears that gold is hidden in the mountains, he escapes from the orphanage, taking Possum with him. The two runaways embark on a journey through the Western frontier in search of the gold.

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Children's Literature
Billy Foster is a born liar. All the boys in the Deacon Smith Home for Waifs love to hear Billy's tales. Deacon Smith is hard on all the boys and he enjoys giving a boy a good whipping from time to time. Billy arrived at the Home in a basket one winter. He does not even know how old he is for sure. Billy has no real birthday or last name and is completely unsure about who he is. But Billy knows for sure that he is Possum's best friend. Billy and Possum dream about running away from the Home to discover gold. Another one of Billy's lies is just the trick for the two boys and their dreams for the future. Once the boys run away they quickly discover they have new problems, no where to go and no money. Billy and Possum make a pledge to each other never to steal and this pledge is solemnly kept until they meet Professor Alberto Santini and his traveling road show. The two discover new places but most of all they discover new things about and within themselves. Billy and Possum's adventures will be enjoyed by even the most reluctant reader. This is a must for intermediate- and middle-school libraries. 2004, Marshall Cavendish, Ages 9 to 12.
—Sue Reichard
Kirkus Reviews
Possum (the only name the 12-year-old orphan has) tells his own life story and picaresque adventures with fellow orphan and best friend, Billy. The boys have lived in Deacon Smith's Home for Waifs since their births. Billy, the protagonist, is at once charming and amoral and dreams of escaping to find endless gold. When they do flee, they encounter a charlatan who feeds them and has them work selling his medical nostrums. After the "Professor," they meet and work with others, some upstanding and some unsavory. Billy steals a watch from someone who's been good to them, making Possum realize that Billy will never change. So he and Billy part. Set on the western frontier of the US in the time of horse-and-buggies, the story has a light tone and is often humorous, thanks to exaggeration, but it packs a wallop of exciting adventures and plot twists. Readers will recognize the extent, as Possum does, of Billy's character flaws, but they'll still like him. A good read-aloud selection that may lead to discussion about likable rogues. (Fiction. 4-7)

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ISBN-13:
9781477817063
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
02/19/2013
Pages:
187
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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