West on the Wagon Train

West on the Wagon Train

by E. Cody Kimmel, Scott Snow
     
 

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The train stretched out like a white snake in front of him, twenty-five wagons rolling forward, dipping and leaning over the uneven prairie ...

The year is 1857, and Bill Cody's pa has recently passed away. Now eleven years old, Bill takes a job as an extra hand on a wagon train headed west to help raise money for his family. It is a dream come true

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The train stretched out like a white snake in front of him, twenty-five wagons rolling forward, dipping and leaning over the uneven prairie ...

The year is 1857, and Bill Cody's pa has recently passed away. Now eleven years old, Bill takes a job as an extra hand on a wagon train headed west to help raise money for his family. It is a dream come true for Bill, and he is determined to be the best hired hand Lew Simpson has ever known!

Bill is soon befriended by Wild Bill Hickock, a man known throughout Kansas as the most deadly shot who ever lived. But he also realizes that working on the trail can be mighty hazardous. Faced with fierce hailstorms, a few mean-hearted teamsters, and a frightening buffalo stampede, Bill wonders if he has what it takes to be a true westerner.

The exciting fourth book in the on-going adventure series about young Buffalo Bill, west on the wagon train sweeps readers back into the exciting and dangerous world of America's frontier past.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Young Buffalo Bill is back for his fourth outing in The Adventures of Young Buffalo Bill: West on the Wagon Train by E. Cody Kimmel. Young Bill signs on for a wagon trip from Fort Leavenworth over the Rocky Mountains to Fort Bridger, encountering plenty of trouble and excitement- especially when Wild Bill Hickok comes along-in this fictionalized biographical series bases on Buffalo Bill's autobiography. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Bill Cody is just eleven years old when he gets hired in 1857 as an assistant on a wagon train heading from Fort Leavenworth (Kansas Territory) to Utah Territory. He soon befriends the legendary Wild Bill Hickok, finding a gentle mentor who understands how lost a boy feels when his pa dies. A perfect mix of history and adventure, Kimmel takes readers along for the drama of the dusty, thirsty trail and brings the thundering horror of a buffalo stampede to life. When the Mormon militia attacks the wagon train, a quick-thinking Young Buffalo Bill does his best to save the oxen, supplies, and fellow hired hands. The author, a distant relative of Buffalo Bill Cody, adds a fascinating afterword about Cody's own journal accounts. Maps and spot drawings at each chapter add context for readers in this fast-moving adventure based on historical accounts. 2003, HarperCollins Children's Books, Ages 8 to 12.
— Linda Johns
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-In this fourth installment in the series, 11-year-old Bill signs on as a helper on a wagon train hauling supplies for the U.S. Army. The ill-fated journey is fraught with dangers, including a buffalo stampede, blizzard, and an attack by Major Lot Smith's Mormon militia, which burns the supply wagons and drives off the draft animals, but spares the lives of the remaining teamsters. In spite of the hazards and hardships, Bill grows to love the work and the camaraderie and loyalty of the supply train bullwackers, sharing tall tales and jokes around the fire at night, and the daily grind. His friendship with Wild Bill Hickok begins during this adventure. This enjoyable story, based on Cody's autobiography, is a successful blend of historical fact with good characterization and a fast-paced plot.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukie, OR Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060291136
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/29/2003
Series:
Adventures of Young Buffalo Bill Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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