News of the World by Paulette Jiles

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

The Civil War is just ending and Captain Jefferson Kidd is traveling through Texas reading the newspapers to people. He won’t read them local news because everyone gets riled up and the shooting might start. He tells the stories of what is going on in Europe and other countries.

He is offered a 50 dollar gold piece from someone he trusts to take a 10 year old orphaned girl to her relatives. She had been taken by the Kiowa when she was six years old..so she is a tad bit wild to everyone’s eyes.
So begins the adventure of a road trip in a wagon across Texas.

These characters. Wow.
Captain Kidd is the older cranky sort of man that is perfect in this type of book. I completely had him pictured in my head.

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Then Joanna-full of spunk for a ten year old. Her character is now one of my favorite children ever in a book.
Their journey includes a “Ten cent shootout” that was perfection.
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This book is a small thing, but the author does an amazing job of putting so much into the story that you don’t feel short changed at all.
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Booksource: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.

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