Fifteen-year-old Henry Trescott, worried about the drought that is destroying his family's farm in Kansas, leaves home to become a Pony Express Rider. A good rider can make $25 a week, and Henry is sure he can earn enough to save the farm in a few weeks. It is almost a year before Henry is able to return home, but he makes new friends, including (Buffalo) Bill Cody, faces hostile Indians, buffalo stampedes, and notorious outlaws, and comes of age in the rough and dangerous world of the West in 1860.
“The first-person narrative describes scary and bone-breaking work…The descriptions of an avalanche that traps him and Cody in a cave at Christmastime engage readers.” – School Library Journal
“Recreates the excitement, true spirit of adventure and friendship during the 1800s’s Westward expansion.” Wayne Ryznar, 6th grade teacher, Simsbury CT.
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