Sunshine Rider: The First Vegetarian Western

Front Cover
Delacorte Press, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 343 pages
2 Reviews
The year: 1881. The place: Odessa, Texas. Seventeen-year-old Wylie Jackson lands a job as assistant cook on what will be his first cattle drive. Before he departs, Wylie's friend Alice charges him with taking her pet cattalo, Roselle, to her aunt in Enid, Oklahoma. Alice's father bred a longhorn cow with a buffalo and Roselle was the result: a gangly, gawky animal trained to count with her hooves and sit on her haunches.
Only days into the drive, a disastrous stampede occurs. Fearing he was the cause, Wylie abandons the drive and sets off for Enid, riding a stolen horse with Roselle in tow. Now a wanted man, he lives in constant fear of capture. Along his journey, he encounters Tim-oo-leh the medicine man, Majul Majul the electric belt salesman, Carl Merkle, infamous thief and killer, and other friendly, dastardly, and suspicious types. Wylie's story is a Western adventure, a search for self, and a sensitive portrayal of a friendship between a young man and his cattalo. It is a saga destined to charm man and beast alike.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Sunshine Rider: The First Vegetarian Western

User Review  - Nancy - Goodreads

I enjoyed this a lot. It was funny and silly. Each chapter starts with a recipe (some are very interesting) as the hero starts out as an assistant cook on a cattle drive. Not for younger children. Nothing offensive but they talk about killing animals and certain animal parts. Read full review

Review: Sunshine Rider: The First Vegetarian Western

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

This is a silly book that my daughter took out of the give-away pile at school. The tag line is "the first vegetarian western." That says it all! Read full review

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1998)

Ric is the author of Fifteen Flags.

Bibliographic information