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Ghost Moon
By author: John Wilson
Selling Points: "The American West, history, coming of age"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Nov/01/2011
Pages: 192
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $12.95
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He introduced himself as Bill Bonney, but said that everyone just calls him Kid because he's only eighteen. That makes him two years older than me, but he's smooth-cheeked and lightly built and could pass for younger. I think back to the other Kid I've met—the man I killed last year. But Bill is different. I've immediately taken a liking to him.

In the second installment of the Desert Legends Trilogy, Ghost Moon follows young James Doolen's story after he discovers the terrible truth about his father in Written in Blood. The year is 1878, and young Jim is not yet ready to return to Canada. Instead he heads up to New Mexico in hopes of finding work and building a life. On the way he meets Bill Bonney (later to be known as Billy the Kid), who takes him to a ranch south of the town of Lincoln, where they both find work as cowboys. Little does Jim know that he is about to get caught up in a vicious battle for the lucrative army contracts with nearby Fort Stanton. As the violence explodes around him, Jim becomes a helpless witness to cold-blooded murder and watches as Bill swears revenge and leads a gang of killers into the hills. However hard he tries, Jim can't escape the violence and is finally drawn into its bloody conclusion on the streets of Lincoln.
Tri State YA Book Review Committee - March 1, 2012
"A perfect book for boys looking to experience life during the Wild West."
VOYA - December 1, 2011
"[This] coming-of-age tale is filled with history, including an eyewitness account about what really happened at the Alamo, which is again referenced in the climax. Wilson, an award-winning Canadian author, captures the dichotomy building in Jim as he seeks his place in a world rife with violence and treachery."
Kirkus Reviews - September 21, 2011
"Action fans will thrill to the gunplay and other dangers. James' conflicting feelings about his archetypically dangerous friend—and also a telling conversation with an old Mexican survivor of the Alamo about the difference between legend and reality—introduce thought provoking elements. A tale of the Old West with a sturdy historical base and nary a dull moment."


TriState YA Review Group Book of Note, commended  US  2012
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2012

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