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Willie and the Rattlesnake King

Willie and the Rattlesnake King

by Clara Gillow Clark

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Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
This story of a young boy's yearning to be a man, to be on his own and live his own life, is set in 1888 in rural Pennsylvania. Willie is torn by guilt as he leaves the farm of his sister Nellie and her good-natured husband Jeff. Willie is looking for adventure and thinks he has found it when he runs off with a traveling medicine show starring "The Rattlesnake King Extraordinaire." Readers will understand Willie's rebellion, and they will watch him grow to learn the importance of true friends, family and honesty. The author avoids overt preaching and the characters are realistically complex.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-7--It's the late 1800s, and Willie Bishop, 13, lives on a Pennsylvania farm with his sister and her husband. Although he lives a comfortable life, the boy feels inept and immature and longs for an adventure that will prove his manhood. Doc Granger, leader of a traveling medicine show, offers him an apprenticeship, but Willie soon realizes that he is nothing more than an errand boy. Ironically, it is the performers in the medicine show who provide him with the encouragement and support he has always craved. His friendship with Doc's daughter and her gift of a journal lead the boy to the realization that he wants to be a journalist. When Doc's sudden death causes the medicine show to disband, Willie returns home, certain that one day he will leave to pursue his own dream. He knows also that when the time comes, he will be running toward life rather than away from it. This is an excellent coming-of-age story with convincing characterizations and a strong story line. Readers will identify with Willie's self-doubts and join him in his wish to experience life and adventure.--Ann M. Burlingame, North Regional Library, Raleigh, NC

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Boyds Mills Press
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5.44(w) x 8.14(h) x 0.51(d)
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9 - 12 Years

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