FRONTIER HERO: Simon Kenton by Shannon Garst


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This story of a man who sought adventure and who searched for new territory, reads more like fiction than biography. Carst presents an informative and exciting picture of the early frontier through the life of Simon Denton, one of the ""unsung"" pioneers. the author focuses closely on his hero and the rugged territory, and forces the reader to understand why Kenton and his ""Boys"" are more involved with the menacing Indians than with the American Revolution which is concurrent. The story begins when Simon, a boy who loathed school, leaves home thinking he had committed murder. On his own, he developed a sixth sense of the wilderness which was to make him famous as a scout. The great scout worked under Clark, and later with Daniel Boone. Kenton was not canny enough to outsmart the Indians on one occasion, and, captured, underwent torture for seven weeks. This biography is a lively and realistic one which younger readers will also enjoy.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1963
Publisher: Messner