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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.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Every now and again, a book comes along that has you entranced by the major characters, and this is one of those! A gem."

"Loved it. It's beautifully written – I wasn't surprised to find that the author is also a poet."

"Captain Kidd is a gentleman I'd love to know, and his 10 year old 'charge', Johanna, will make you laugh out loud, but also shed a tear."

"With a couple of chapters to go, I didn't know how it would finish. I think the ending alone would make a great discussion."

"I was surprised to find that children abducted by Native American Indians always wanted to return to their Indian families. A fascinating book. I did like Captain Kidd!"

"Beautifully written historical fiction with a strong sense of time and place."

"It gives the reader a good idea of what it must have been like when anarchy ruled in 1870 Texas and every man did what was right in his own eyes."

Categories: Fiction, Adventure/Exploration, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Historical, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, America, Popular Book with Groups, 2019 Titles

Reviews

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By: WHITBY 002 2020-09-09 11:01:36
4.5 
Despite the old fashioned appearance of the book, this turned out to be a little gem, with a simple story that was easy to read. Fully drawn characters whose relationship changes from wariness and hostility to trust and friendship. Beautifully written, where lack of punctuation allows the words to flow. A glimpse of American life and history which made us keen for more. The author's other book in the catalogue has now been added to our list.

By: PAIHIA 001 2020-05-10 14:55:41
4 
Most enjoyed this book, great story, we enjoyed the historical context and imagery. We liked the actual pages of the book! We found it an easy read.

By: ASHB 016 2020-03-21 15:16:44
4 
We all enjoyed this book to varying degrees. One of our ladies had travelled through this area recently and could picture it in the book. Loved the characters and storyline but we all felt that it was wrapped up too nicely and too quickly - but we still enjoyed the story before that. To be honest, it was hard to get our heads into it as we talked about Coronavirus and agreed this would our last 'physical' meeting for some time.

By: WINT 001 2019-11-28 09:32:31
4.5 
First impressions showed that half the group loved the book and the rest felt it was a straightforward, simple story. However, as we went through the questions, which were probably the best set we had had all year, very good discussions developed. These ranged from trauma in childhood through to politics in the USA, both in the past and the future. A well worthwhile read.

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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