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Black Storm Comin' by Diane Lee Wilson
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Jul 08, 08

bookshelves: accelerated-reader, caudill-2008-09, children-4-6
Read in July, 2008

When his father abandons the family on their journey to California in 1860, 12-year-old Colton Westcott decides to become a Pony Express rider.

Good action/adventure scenes, strong main character (but other characters are not developed), and interesting tidbits about the Pony Express. I found myself skimming some of the passages. I thought the ending was a little contrived. The Lincoln letter, Colton's horse making the journey to Sacramento over the Sierra Nevada Mountain range - when it takes 8 Pony Express ponies to cover the same route - and running into his nemesis Jeremiah all combined to make the end of the story somewhat unbelievable. Regardless, this is a good read - and is recommended for 4-8 grade students (especially boys.)

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