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Humbug Mountain

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  63 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Welcome to Humbug Mountain. Little did Wiley, the son of a traveling newspaperman, imagine that the search for his grandfather would lead him into the hands of those nasty villains of the WestShagnasty John and the Fool Killer. Using their newspaper, The Humbug Mountain Hoorah, Wiley and his sister and mother go about outwitting the outlaws in their scheme to ambush Grandf ...more
Paperback, 149 pages
Published April 1st 1988 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 1978)
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Sep 25, 2015 Troublemaker rated it it was amazing
Loved this story. Great old-west plot and really great as a story to read to the kids.

Give it a go.
Lana Jackson
A delightful story of the old west: Gold fever, steam boats, traveling newspaper man, and villians with adorably creative names. Young Wiley, his sister and Mom want to settle down, but it seems something always happens and they have to pack up the printing press and move on. They decide to go to the town that Grandfather founded, but the town isn't there, nor is Grandfather. All they find is a land-locked steamboat and two nasty villans.

Adventure, historical information, and a resolving of Wil
Melissa Mcavoy
Sep 14, 2013 Melissa Mcavoy rated it really liked it
With a dad who is an itinerant newspaper-man thirteen year-old Wiley, his ten year-old sister Glorietta and their parents are always on the move. Sometimes they are running from townfolk who don't appreciate the dad's brand of reporting, sometimes they are seeking Opportunity. This time there is some hope they might actually find a place to settle down, that is if they can manage to out-fox some scoundrels.

The story is full of humor and action, tall tales and tricks. A great book for kids who en
Jul 31, 2013 Elsie rated it really liked it
Ok, this just goes to show you that you can judge a book by its cover. I borrowed this book from the pioneer library (e-book) and the big reason was that there was an updated cover that was really cool. I saw it, I liked it, and I wanted to read it. The cover really didn't have much to do with the book, but it was cute. So was the book. Good writing, funny characters, and just an easy kids read that I liked. I hope I can get some of my grandkids to read it sometime.
Apr 03, 2009 Chloe rated it really liked it
Typical Sid Fleischman book. Almost as good as "By The Great Hornspoon." As usual, Sid's villains are pretty ornery. Definitely not a book to read to little kids. I'd wait till they're about 10. However, might be useful for teaching American history - Steamboat travel, gold rush, buffalos, etc.
Jan 26, 2013 Randi rated it really liked it
Had fun reading this to my kids. They enjoyed this Midwestern tale of adventure.
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As a children's book author Sid Fleischman felt a special obligation to his readers. "The books we enjoy as children stay with us forever -- they have a special impact. Paragraph after paragraph and page after page, the author must deliver his or her best work." With almost 60 books to his credit, some of which have been made into motion pictures, Sid Fleischman can be assured that his work will m ...more
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