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Victorio's War

by John Wilson

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westerns, 19th century, native american
list price: $12.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: 2012
ISBN:9781554698820
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 100
Grade:
8 to 12
Reading age:
12 to 100
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Awards
  • Commended, TriState YA Review Group Book of Note
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Description

Jim Doolen discovered his father's fate in Written in Blood and met Billy the Kid in Ghost Moon. Now, in the final installment of The Desert Legends Trilogy, he's a scout for the Army in the middle of a brutal war to force Victorio's Apaches onto a reservation far from their traditional lands.
Deeply troubled by the violence he's witnessed and been a part of, and having lost so many friends, Jim feels trapped between the two worlds he's encountered over the past three years. Captured by his nemesis Ghost Moon and forced to flee with an Apache band of warriors, Jim is only saved from a slow and torturous death when his old friend Wellington adopts him as his son. But now he's on the wrong side. Will he be branded a traitor? Or killed in a battle with the 10th US Cavalry or the Mexican Army? Jim finds his loyalties now divided, and he begins to understand the plight of his captors. But as supplies and ammunition run out, Jim's fate is tied to that of the doomed Apache warriors and survival seems unlikely.

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Excerpt

Victorio nods. "And what will you pay for this boy's life?"
    "Pay?" I ask in confusion.
    "Would you pay your life for his?"
    "I...I don't know," I stammer.
    "Then you must decide, Busca. Ghost Moon wishes to kill the child, and you wish to spare him. Are you prepared to fight to save him?"

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Editorial Reviews

"Wilson is a self-confessed history addict, and his enthusiasm for creating believable stories about the past, as well as his attention to detail, has been obvious throughout the series. Victorio's War seems more realistic and authentic than many other novels about this time period, and it keeps the setting lively and entertaining for the (mostly) boys who will fall in love with the idea of a teenager on a momentous adventure. "

— CM Magazine

"Wilson is skilled at bestowing upon [his characters] grand, memorable gestures. This is a fine time dodging arrows along the sunbaked trail."

— Booklist

"This easy read has a fast moving plot and complex characters making it perfect for reluctant readers, as well as fans of historical fiction and westerns...The themes of right and wrong, discussion of death, and the message of hope will be engaging and rewarding."

— VOYA

"This third volume of John Wilson's Desert Legends trilogy is every bit as well done as the first two...Wilson's seeming asides and occasional real historical references merely entice the reader to look further and more closely at what is presented before him...[A] well-paced tale."

— Resource Links

"Readers will smell the dust, hear the whizzing bullets and arrows, and experience the conflicted loyalties that are all part of Jim's story...An outstanding fast-paced tour of the Old West that will appeal to all ages."

— Tri State YA Book Review Committee
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About the Author

John Wilson

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, John Wilson grew up on the Isle of Skye and outside Glasgow, without the slightest idea that he would ever write books. After obtaining a degree in geology from the University of St. Andrews, he worked in Zimbabwe and Alberta before taking up writing full time and moving to Vancouver Island in 1991. John is the author of numerous articles, essays, poems and reviews, and almost fifty novels and nonfiction books for kids, teens and adults. He was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award (The Alchemist's Dream, 2007), and his books have won or been shortlisted for most Canadian children's-literature prizes.


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