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Bellboy: A Muletrain Journey

Bellboy: A Muletrain Journey

by Margaret S. McClain, Sara B. Stuart (Illustrator)

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Gr 6 Up-- A kind of Horatio Algerish tale with a lot going for it--interesting, factual details; heady happenings; and a boy coming of age. Time: 1870s. Place: northwest California forest wildernesses of the Trinity, Marble, and Salmon Mountains. In order to help his widowed mother support the family, 12-year-old Jake takes a job as a bellboy--a lad who rides the lead animal of a muletrain. This is the story of Jake's first trip--long, hard, adventurous, and sometimes dangerous. The trip ends with an encounter with a notorious bandit who is after the gold the mules are carrying. The book is illustrated with many small, intriguing sketches. McClain offers good reading about California in the 1870s, some contrary mules, Hoppa Indians, lurking Bigfoot, miners, scalawags, and a lot of real nice folks along the way. --George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield

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New Mexico Publishing Company
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