Trouble Out West: Six weeks surviving rattlesnakes, cowboy pranks, the ghost of General Custer and the girls on the corner.

Trouble Out West: Six weeks surviving rattlesnakes, cowboy pranks, the ghost of General Custer and the girls on the corner.

by Kate Moynihan


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781508765080
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Kate Moynihan juggles her creative juices, art gallery, and eighty-eight year old mom, all the while, writing family stories, adding a twist or two ... maybe three.
You can visit her shop in downtown Holland, MI and watch her toss vivid bits of paint onto oil canvases and watercolor paintings. She's been hanging her hat there for more than twenty-two years. Find out more about Kate at and visit her blog: The Artsy Shopkeeper.

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Trouble Out West: Six weeks surviving rattlesnakes, cowboy pranks, the ghost of General Custer and the girls on the corner. 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
AMLFan More than 1 year ago
Trouble Out West" is a fun story of boyhood adventures. A visit to Mom in North Dakota allows us to peek into the lives of two boys who come from West Michigan. They spend the summer learning about North Dakota's history and geography, making new friends, learning life lessons, and spending time with their adventuresome, artistic Mom. I appreciated that the book showed children meeting new challenges with nature and enjoying "playing outside." As a retired educator of 40+ years, I highly recommend this book for elementary age children to read themselves or for a literacy-minded adult to read to them. It could be read with younger children as a chapter book with questions about what has occurred and what they predict might happen next.
StLgirl More than 1 year ago
This is the follow up book to Beached in a Camper by Kate Moynihan, however, it is not necessary to read one book before the other. Trouble Out West again features Brian and Adam in typical boy trouble adventures. The book reads quickly and holds the attention of all ages from early readers to adult. Filled to the end with good clean fun, this book will have you wanting to load up the car and take a trip out West.
janve More than 1 year ago
Nice to see a wholesome book worthy of reading to our grandchildren: it brings back some of our memories with the added bonus of good, clean fun. The brothers are spending summer vacation with Mom in another part of the country where they turn the ordinary into adventure. Accounts are action driven filled with the imagination and creativity of the boys: the way life use to be before video games. There are plenty of appropriate suspense stoppers heightening the excitement of continued reading. This book is easily readable by 8-12 year olds. Many of today's books are at best corny and have no real moral value in contrast to this read. Brian and Adam, characters in the story, are continually faced with right and wrong dilemmas. Honesty and a respect for adults are strong threads woven throughout the stories along with solid friendships between brothers and with the neighbor kids, values that are very worthy of teaching in today's culture. Given that one of the brothers likes facts, the book also contains some interesting factual information. The book does a wonderful job in illustrating that different personalities are equally valuable: Brian's love for information does not win him the spot of superiority for Adam's soft heartedness touches hearts. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great choice for anyone who wants to read a fun, adventure story about vacationing in a new, mysterious land: "Out West"! But, this story is much more than just a fun read about two brothers and their summer adventure. It also provides a subtle avenue for discussing deeper subjects which your children or grandchildren just might be experiencing: the difficulty of moving between "Mom's house" and "Dad's house" after a divorce, meeting Mom's new boyfriend for the first time, spending a birthday away from the comforts of home, the challenges of moving to a new area where there aren't any friends YET ... all these topics are woven throughout the story, just in the background, providing a great chance for all kids to relate. Even those who haven't experienced divorce can relate to the challenges of overcoming new situations. But, at heart, this is just a nice old-fashioned story about the adventures of brothers, complete with mud, snakes, arrowheads, ghost stories and, of course, a couple of girls! Enjoy!
KatieEllen More than 1 year ago
Another great one! This second book by Kate Moynihan is just as wonderful as the first! Such an enjoyable and adventurous read! The brothers are at it again, this time in the Great Plains out west. Adam and Brian are having fun and trying oh so hard to stay out of trouble. From encounters with skunks to the girls down the street, even a ghost, you will laugh your way through this one!
pml0908 More than 1 year ago
Any Young Reader is Going to Love This Book - When I saw this new book for the first time, I think I said this right out loud: "Well, here's a fun one!" It was really a treat to find Kate Moynihan’s new work, as well as her previous one, because now I have a nice “go-to” gift for the young readers in my life. Now I can gift wrap “Trouble Out West” and maybe even Kate’s earlier “Beached in a Camper” for the children and grandchildren I know. Each chapter is connected and progressive in its storytelling, yet each stands alone as a little story, too. That’s especially nice for younger readers, so they can enjoy the book a bit at a time. Here’s what I’m going to do: Wrap up Kate’s books, wrap up a cute little toy, tie ’em together with some ribbon. Voila! Happy Birthday, kid!
mal0422 More than 1 year ago
In New Kids Adventure ‘Trouble Out West,’ by Kate Moynihan, the Trouble’s All in Fun - Boys and "troubles": You can hardly have one without the other. Not necessarily terrible stuff … but troubles, indeed. For the young readers in your clan, or for the kid still bouncing around somewhere inside of you, Kate Moynihan’s second family-friendly novel is just the ticket. You’re in for a pleasant ride with the boys and neighborhood girls featured in this story of “Trouble Out West,” and they experience just enough drama and adventure to entertain your youngest readers while keeping the older ones thoroughly engaged, too. Moynihan, the author and illustrator of this self-contained follow-up to her previous “Beached in a Camper” family story, knows very well of what she writes in “Trouble Out West.” The book’s young and rascally Brian and Adam, you see, are very close to her heart. Not to reveal too much here of the stories and glories found in “Trouble” and its predecessor, let’s just say that the author is the mother of two grown men who once had their fair share of mishaps and (mis)adventures! And what about the setting for this story … the “Out West” mentioned in the title? Well, it’s a fun-filled place of summertime leisure outdoors, and the reader of Moynihan’s nicely contained, chapter-long stories will surely be thinking about a family road trip to the Dakotas someday. As a longtime editor and writer who has worked with Kate Moynihan a number of times over the years, I can say that she got it right with “Trouble Out West.” Not in just the family-fun tone of this latest work, but in the particulars of the Dakota settings as well. As a child growing up on the edge of those wide, wonderful prairies, I can attest to her descriptive passages and deep understanding of the sense of place of the Dakotas. The Big Muddy – the Mighty Missouri – really is a special American place, and Kate takes you there very effectively. “Trouble Out West” will get you hankering for a road trip of your own out to the Badlands and places where the buffalo roam. --mal0422