News of the World (Large Print / Hardcover)

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This small, lyrical book has already been nominated for awards.  It transports you back in time and place to post-Civil War Texas. Just imagine the horses and carriages travelling through small, dusty towns.  Now imagine a resourceful man, a runner during the war then promoted to Captain, who now goes from town to town reading the newspapers from the East to the townspeople of the West for a dime a piece.  When he agrees to return a ten year old girl to her family after she was kidnapped by the Kiowa Indians, a friendship emerges that makes for a beautiful and fascinating novel.  Available in hardcover on October 4

— Alli

October 2016 Indie Next List


“This short, powerful novel is historical fiction at its best! Captain Kidd, a 72-year-old war veteran and professional news reader, has been tasked with returning Johanna, a 10-year-old white girl kidnapped by the Kiowa when she was six and recently ransomed, to relatives living near San Antonio. The Captain knows the journey will not be easy but believes it is his duty to do the right thing, despite the dangers that lie ahead. What he doesn't expect is the strength of the bond that develops between him and Johanna, one so powerful that it defines the choice he makes at journey's end. Beautifully descriptive prose drives the narrative through the harsh and unforgiving landscape of the West during the late 1800s.”
— Adrian Newell, Warwick's, La Jolla, CA

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410489531
ISBN-10: 1410489531
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: December 21st, 2016
Pages: 292
Language: English