by Frank Kelso Publish: Oct 18, 2017Historical FictionTeen & Young Adult
Nigel must choose between entering an orphanage or entering an apprenticeship on a mule train. To Nigel’s horror, Comanches slaughter Reverend John Blackthorn and his family before his father preaches one word. Nigel survives by following his mother’s instructions to hide in a hollow tree. Nigel prays for God to send help. Instead, Pascal LeBrun, a roaming muleteer, rides to the smoke of the burning wagons to find Nigel, who believed cooking is a woman’s work. Alone, he doesn’t even know how to cook to survive. Pascal solves that problem. Plump, lazy, and spoiled, Nigel enters an unwelcome new world–work or starve. He finds survival is the way of life on the prairie. Worse yet, English is a little used third language. Riding across the prairie in a wagon bored him. The Comanche attack terrified him. Working dawn to dark on the mule train became drudgery. Two hundred miles later, when the mule train reaches the first white settlement, Pascal gives Nigel a choice: enter an orphanage, or enter an apprenticeship on the mule train for a piddling wage. Years later, Nigel wonders if the orphanage would have been easier.
Action & AdventureHistorical FictionTeen & Young Adult
BIOGRAPHY Frank Kelso grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, the origin of the Santa Fe Trail. Historic sites, monuments, and statues abound highlighting the journey west. Frank has won several prizes for his writing. Most recently Frank’s short story Tibby’s Hideout in The Posse anthology that Frank edited and published is a finalist for the Western Fictioneer’s Peacemaker Award and a Finalist for the Will Rogers Medallion Award for 2017. Frank full length novel have received acclaim and have 143+ reviews. North in the Spring the sequel to The Apprenticeship of Nigel Blackthornis available on Amazon on Oct 8, 2019.
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