Based on the real memoirs of Mr. Watson’s grandfather, this story follows Kid Clay through the Old West in search of a cowboy adventure. During his escapades, Kid Clay leaves his comfortable Kentucky home at the age of fifteen and sets out to discover what it’s like to be a real cowboy. During this time, he encounters many colorful characters such as Indians, Buffalo Bill, and members of the Dalton Gang.
Along the wagon trail, he encounters typhoid, cattle rustlers, stampedes, bank robbers, and a beautiful Indian maiden. Kid Clay has the determination and bravery he needs to survive, but as he makes his way along the trail, he discovers that the West is beginning to change. That’s when he makes a momentous decision that will affect the rest of his life.
Was the West more than Kid Clay bargained for?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Knowing only a tad about cowboys, this story brought it all to life. From the first sentence to the last, Watson gives us the true grit of what it was like to be a newby cowboy and all the trials associated with it. It was not like on the old movies where they always looked clean and the trail was fun. This was Watson’s great-grandfather and was based on his journal. What an adventure for a fifteen-year-old young man. I highly recommend this for anyone, but especially for young people twelve and up; not to run away and become cowpokes, but for the honor, integrity, and respect for nature, family, and strangers. What a great man! — CJ Loiacono