Mom! Dad! I found a really cool new book. It's about a boy, Jack Robertson, who lived 150 years ago. He tells all about how to build log cabins, collect maple syrup, and train wild horses. Jack meets Indians, outlaws, and greedy bankers. He and his friends have all kinds of adventures trying to outwit them. Jack is very good at making plans and he can find a worthy moral in every adventure.
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About the Author
Gary Reed resides in Lansing Michigan with his lovely wife Sandy. His six children and 18 grandchildren are scattered to the four winds. He is a former banker, broker, CFO, entrepreneur, educator, and with the publication of his novels, he has become a storyteller and a wild eyed dreamer. Gary is a professional student with degrees in philosophy, psychology, and education. His passion is American history and that has led him to write fictionalized accounts of his real-life ancestors who have fought in the American Revolution, the Civil War, the American Indian Wars, World War I, and (perhaps soon) World War III. Gary is a past "Chief Inspector" of the Sherlock Holmes Society "The Greek Interpreters of East Lansing" and an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, having received honors as a Bard and a Thrown Weapons Champion. Gary is the author of the five part "Journals of Jack Robertson" series,"Robertson's War 1914", "The Academy", "Sanctuary", "The Truth about Santa Claus", "Kirtland 1833" and "If I Ruled the World" that will soon appear in a Smashwords Edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this book we are introduced to Jack Robertson in his youth. I am eager to read the following books when he is no longer a boy. Each chapter contained a short story about the main character. This made for easy reading and was a book you could pick up then put down again especially if finding time to read is irregular. I thought it would make for a great bedtime story to read to a child as the chapters were episodic and all ended with a positive moral. I’m reminded of the works by Horatio Alger (whose characters have high scruples, good work ethic and are rewarded for their deeds in a rags-to-riches manner) as Jack’s quick thinking, perception and often luck are what save the day. There were times when I thought that there’s no way the adults in the room would take Jack seriously enough to go along with his schemes, but then again this is feel good historical-fiction not a thesis on frontier history so I ‘suspended disbelief’ and simply enjoyed a yarn. Fans of “Little house on the Prairie” would feel at home with this work. I enjoyed this book and soon will start on the second book in the series.