THE LAST OF THE ROUNDUP BOYS by Debra Seely

THE LAST OF THE ROUNDUP BOYS

Age Range: 11 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

It’s a familiar story: pretty, rich farmer’s daughter falling for the hired hand. Evie Parsons wants to run her father’s farm some day, which is unlikely; women don’t run farms in Kansas in 1886. Seventeen-year-old Tom Hunter, son of a poor farmer, is hired to work the Parsons’ cattle ranch. Seely’s clear writing, lively dialogue, and fully realized historical context give vigor to what might have been a tired tale. Women’s rights, the legacy of slavery, tension between cattlemen, railroad men, and farmers, and class differences are the backdrop to the iffy romance between Tom and Evie. Though the cover will have readers thinking this is simply a romance, it is a story with substance, and readers will want to go back and read its companion, Grasslands (2002), which tells Tom’s story prior to coming out to Kansas. (author’s note) (Fiction. 11+)

Pub Date: July 15th, 2004
ISBN: 0-8234-1814-6
Page count: 232pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2004




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