Walker's Crossing

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Simon and Schuster, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 232 pages
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Ryan wants just one thing: to be a cowboy -- a working cowboy -- on the large Saddlebow Ranch in Wyoming, where he and his family live. Ryan, a tall seventh-grader, knows the dangers of ranch life: Once his father was cow boss, but now, after an injury, he is simply the ranch caretaker, seeing that fences are mended and watching over the family's few head of cattle. Even so, Ryan does not change his mind.

However, Ryan's older brother, Gil, sees dangers greater than injury ahead. He and the men who belong to the Mountain Patriots Association, a local militia group, are convinced that the United States government, foreign immigrants, and people who are racial minorities are going to take over the area. Not without a fight, however: The Mountain Patriots are armed for battle. It will take men, real men like them, Gil believes, to save their part of the West for the white race.

As the ranching community becomes increasingly divided between those who accept the views of the Mountain Patriots and those who do not, Ryan is torn. Is Gil right? Some of what he says sounds logical. Or are those who disagree, but who also sound sensible, right?

Clearly, confrontation and disaster are on the way. Ryan does not plan to be in the middle of it when it comes, but that is where he finds himself. And that is where, as a consequence, he learns what it really means to be a man, what it takes to build a good future, and how to find your place in a changing world.

 

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Gr 6-8-Ryan Walker is the middle son of a Wyoming ranching family, cast in the shadow by his charismatic if aimless older brother, Gil. Ryan longs to be a rancher, but his pure love of the West is ... Read full review

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This novel is about a boy that hopes to become a cowboy when he grows up. His brother is always annoying him though.

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
12
Section 3
25
Section 4
36
Section 5
50
Section 6
67
Section 7
77
Section 8
99
Section 10
118
Section 11
133
Section 12
146
Section 13
159
Section 14
174
Section 15
184
Section 16
196
Section 17
220

Section 9
108

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About the author (1999)

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is the author of numerous books for all ages. Many readers know her for her book Shiloh (winner of the 1992 Newbery Medal) and the other two books in the trilogy, Shiloh Season and Saving Shiloh, as well as the Alice series. Mystery fans enjoy her Bessledorf books, and young adults have been intrigued by her novels Sang Spell, The Keeper, Send No Blessings, Ice, and The Fear Place. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband, Rex. They are the parents of two grown sons, Jeff and Michael. Walker's Crossing is her hundredth book.

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