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Title: News of the World
Authors: Jiles, Paulette
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 209
Year: 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins
Language: English
Description: It's not quite time for Captain Jefferson Kidd to hang up his saddle ... he may be getting on in years, but there are still plenty who will pay to hear him read the news of the world. However, it's not itinerant news-reading that is going to keep him on the road, but the request to escort Johanna Leonberger, a ten-year-old liberated captive of the Kiowa. Their 400-mile journey south will be through hostile territory and will culminate with a family faced with a child, a now stranger caught between two worlds.

This convincingly rendered story of 1870s Texas, complete with appealing characters and an evocative landscape, brings to the fore the price of honour and the rewards of nurturing trust.
Categories: Fiction, Adventure/Exploration, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Historical, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, America, 2019 Titles

Reviews

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By: AUCK 418 2019-07-17 13:47:34
4.5 
Those who read it loved it. Very evocative narrative - incredible sense of time and place.

By: CHCH 001 2019-07-17 13:46:32
4 
We cared about the characters and enjoyed the happy ending. Very descriptive, informative and sympathetic. Readable and enjoyable.

By: NELS 014 2019-06-17 14:40:16
5 
Marvellous book, beautifully written, and such an important topic to discuss. And a great follow up to "The Color of Lightning", which we read in 2017.

By: MARTO 001 2019-06-17 14:38:31
3.5 
To begin with, members were dubious about this book, but all became hooked and enjoyed it! The idea of bringing news to the illiterate, and the child with her mixed upbringing both appealed. A much more real picture of the West than most books and films portray.

By: AUCK 255 2019-03-20 23:51:45
4 
We all enjoyed this book and had a lively discussion about how the dissemination of news has changed through history. The adoption and acceptance of captives in Indian life is fascinating and this too generated interesting discussion.

By: AUCK 020 2019-03-06 14:38:14
4 
We all enjoyed this book - good writing and research. We learned more about the Ozarks area of the US and black/white/Indian relationships in the late 1800s. We found the ending weak - a quick, rushed tying up of what obscure characters were doing, and too 'happy ever after". We wondered if this was possible.

By: HAVE 011 2019-03-06 14:34:43
5 
Everyone in the group loved this book. The story is compelling and the style succinct but beautifully descriptive. The only niggle for 2 of us was the lack of punctuation for conversations which makes the reader look hard to sort out who is speaking.

By: PALMN 037 2019-03-06 14:30:16
5 
Loved it. Great book! Interesting with great historical context; it showed us how one person can turn someone's life around. Highly recommend it!

By: DUNED 002 2019-03-06 14:28:51
4 
Most members enjoyed the book, though a common comment was that it could have contained more background information to help the reader.

 
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