It is 1848, and Francis Tucket is heading west on the Oregon Trail with his family. Yesterday he celebrated his 14th birthday on the tailgate of a Conestoga wagon in the foothills of the Rockies. Today, he is going to practice with his new birthday present, a Lancaster rifle. Falling far behind the wagon train, Francis loses sight of his family and is kidnapped by Pawnee Indians. Saved by a one-armed mountain man named Mr. Grimes, Francis takes off with his rescuer on a wild adventure peopled by actual historical characters, including Jim Bowie, and set against an historically-accurate background of the Old West.
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Boy coming-of-age on the frontier
Excellent book. Easy to listen to, and I wanted to continue reading it!
Hatchet, but not as long.
The trapper and the main character are riding their horses in a snowstorm, and they are kept warm at night by the horses in a circle in the snow.
Great for anyone who likes to read about the American frontier, trapping, hunting, and the Native Americans.